• October 25, 2022

One Injured in Fiery Crash with 18-Wheeler on SH 365 near LaBelle, TX

LaBelle, TX — October 24, 2022, one person was injured in a fiery collision between a car and a tractor-trailer on State Highway 365 near LaBelle.

Authorities say the incident happened around 9:30 a.m. on the 13500 block of TX-365. Preliminary investigation suggests a Dodge SUV was headed west on the highway when the 20-year-old driver started to turn left into a nearby business. He allegedly failed to yield the right-of-way to an eastbound 18-wheeler and the two collided in the travel lanes. After the impact the SUV caught fire; the big rig ran into the business parking lot and crashed into four other vehicles.

The SUV driver suffered unspecified injuries in the crash and was taken to a hospital. The truck driver was unhurt.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Truck Accident on TX-365 near LaBelle

Reports suggest the victim of this crash turned in front of the oncoming 18-wheeler; while I have no specific reason to doubt that, it doesn't really explain why. Why did the SUV cross the truck's path?

Some may be immediately ready to blame the crash on a momentary but costly driver mistake like failing to check for cross-traffic or looking at a phone screen instead of the road. It's possible that such an error was behind the collision, but what if there's more to the story? Are there blind curves along that stretch of road? Was anything mechanically wrong with the SUV that propelled it forward when the driver tried to stop? How fast was the big rig traveling? Was its driver awake, alert, and paying attention to what lay ahead?

One Injured in Fiery Crash with 18-Wheeler on SH 365 near LaBelle, TX

Again, I'm not saying it's impossible for the simplest explanation to be the true one--just that it can't be taken for granted. Other potential explanations deserve attention as well, and the victim should get the benefit of the doubt as more dots are connected. Have police already made up their minds, and if so should someone else step in to make sure nothing slipped through the cracks?

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