Michael Smallwood Injured in Crash on US-84 in Mount Enterprise, TX
Mount Enterprise, TX — September 4, 2022, 29-year-old Michael Smallwood was injured in a crash with a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 84 in Rusk County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 4:50 a.m. on US-84 at US-259. Preliminary investigation suggests a southbound Freightliner semi-truck on US-259 stopped for signs and lights at US-84, then proceeded through the intersection. Nearby, Smallwood's westbound Ford F-250 on US-84 allegedly sped through its stop sign and crashed into the left side of the semi-trailer.
Smallwood received serious injuries in the accident. The Freightliner driver was unhurt.
Investigators suspected Smallwood was under the influence of alcohol and obtained a subpoena for his hospital treatment records as part of a DWI investigation.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Michael Smallwood Accident in Mount Enterprise
Investigators seem to think the injured crash victim was intoxicated; given how the wreck allegedly happened I understand the thought, and if treatment records confirm it that could have other important implications, but it's best to remember that it's just an unproven theory at this point. What if there's more to the story?
For all anyone knows the area's signage or markings weren't clear in the dark, or the lights helping control the intersection were broken or off. He could have lost traction on a wet road and just slid into the big rig, or it might have malfunctioned and kept the brakes from engaging. It's even possible he had some kind of medical emergency that took his control away, and that's just a couple of many possibilities that would mean there's more to the wreck than police grasped at the scene.
Is any of that as likely as an impaired driver speeding through an intersection? Maybe not, it's not right to decide what happened before the facts can tell the story. In the meantime the driver was seriously injured in that crash, and it doesn't seem fair to add the insult of premature conclusions to that. Only time and further investigation could say for certain what occurred, so I hope police--or if not them, independent investigators--will give the matter the time and careful attention it deserves.