• October 28, 2022

Perrin Hannah Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on I-20 in Smith County, TX

Smith County, TX — October 27, 2022, 74-year-old Perrin Hannah died in a collision with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 20 in Smith County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 7:55 a.m. along I-20 near County Road 424, roughly six miles west of Hideaway. Preliminary investigation suggests Hannah was driving a Chevy Express van east on the highway behind a Freightliner tractor-trailer. Investigators believe the truck slowed for traffic ahead and Hannah failed to control the van's speed for unknown reasons; the van then crashed into the back of the big rig's trailer.

Hannah was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver was unhurt. Both drivers were reportedly wearing seat belts.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Perrin Hannah Accident in Smith County

Folks tend to see that someone hit the back of a truck and assume they did something wrong, like not watching the road or following too closely. While that's possible and investigators will probably consider it, things aren't always that simple. There are plenty of situations where someone rear-ends another vehicle due to circumstances out of their control.

Not long ago, for example, I looked into a crash where authorities said someone failed to slow down and rear-ended a big rig. However, our closer investigations found the 18-wheeler had just merged from the shoulder without turning its lights on, making it extremely hard to see in the late hours until the victim was too close to avoid it or stop. Bizarre as it was that law enforcement didn't account for that, our discovery made it clear the victim wasn't really to blame as preliminary reports suggested.

Perrin Hannah Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on I-20 in Smith County, TX

I'm not saying the Smith County accident was like that--just pointing out that it's important to take early findings with a grain of salt and keep an open mind until more facts are available. Hopefully police will take the time and care needed to learn exactly how this tragedy unfolded, but if not maybe someone else should step in to better connect the dots. At the very least the victim's loved ones deserve the whole story.

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