Teenager Injured in 18-wheeler Accident on US Highway 277 in Hawley, TX
Hawley, TX -- July 20, 2022, a teenager was injured following an accident where their vehicle crashed into an 18-wheeler on US 277.
Officials stated that the incident happened at around 11:00 a.m. along US Highway 277 near the intersection of FM 605.
According to details, a 19-year-old man was in a Ford Crown Victoria traveling southbound along US 277. Ahead, an 18-wheeler was at the crossover facing eastbound. The back end of the trailer was still in southbound lanes, and the Ford crashed into the trailer.
It appears the teen driver had incapacitating injuries. No other injuries were reported. At this time, additional factors remain under investigation.
Commentary on 18-wheeler Accident on US 277 in Hawley
When it comes to a situation like this, it's important to understand visibility, timing, and how reasonably avoidable the whole situation was. Any truck driver worth their salt knows they drive dangerous vehicles.
Having a potentially 40 ton vehicle blocking the highway is a huge risk, which is why they're expected to have the training and awareness to know where their vehicle is going and when it's appropriate to do something like make a turn across a narrow crossover.
Quite frankly, this sort of thing rarely happens due to factors outside the truck driver's control. However, it would be irresponsible to blame the truck driver without any clear evidence. For all we know, there really were events the driver couldn't account for.
But even if the driver did do something wrong, it still requires clear evidence to ensure the victims and families can tell their side of the story. Were steps taken here to ensure those involved had all the information they needed?