• October 27, 2022

San Benito Man, Woman Killed in 18-wheeler Rollover Accident on I-10 in Fort Stockton, TX

Fort Stockton, TX -- October 14, 2022, a San Benito man and a woman were killed after an accident where an 18-wheeler overturned off I-10.

Investigators said that the crash happened at around 7:45 p.m. along I-10 where it crosses Cedar Street.

Officials said that a 36-year-old San Benito man and a 23-year-old woman were in a tractor-trailer traveling eastbound on the interstate. One of the truck tires blew out, causing the truck to lose control. It ran off the left side of the road where it overturned off the side of the Cedar Street overpass.

Due tot the crash, both occupants sustained fatal injuries. Right now, additional details about the accident are unavailable.

Commentary on 18-wheeler Rollover Accident on I-10 in Fort Stockton

Folks tend to overlook tire blowouts because they think they're all just unavoidable tragedies. Many are, considering one can't really predict when something in the road is going to puncture the tire. But there are things people need to consider.

San Benito Man, Woman Killed in 18-wheeler Accident on I-10 in Fort Stockton, TX

One is that maintenance issues can be a problem, as well. If the tire was far past due to be replaced, that's avoidable. What makes that unique is that truck drivers aren't always the ones handling maintenance of their vehicles. Sometimes, they work for employers who skip maintenance to help their bottom line only to send their own employees out on the road inside of a ticking time bomb. Could it be that happened here?

And while far less likely, it's also important to consider the possibility of a manufacturing defect. It's happened plenty of times in the past where a defect drivers couldn't possibly know about led to a deadly wreck. The same could be true here, but it typically requires experts independent of the authorities to rule that out or otherwise bring it to light.

One way or another, this can't be treated as just some sad story. The families involved deserve answers, and in my experience, that means seeking out the professionals needed to get those answers.


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