James Robert Flanagan Killed in Truck Accident in Tyler, TX
Tyler, TX -- October 28, 2022, James Flanagan was killed due to an accident where multiple vehicles collided on the highway.
Investigators said that the incident happened at around 10:00 a.m. in the area north of Gilmer along US Highway 271.
According to officials, 85-year-old James R. Flanagan was the driver of a GMC pickup traveling along the highway. While conducting a u-turn, it appears that a tractor-trailer hit Flanagan's vehicle, causing a chain reaction with a Ford Taurus and a nearby parked truck.
Due to the collision, Flanagan sustained fatal injuries. It's unclear if anyone else was hurt. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on James Flanagan Truck Accident in Tyler
With a complex situation like this, it's important to be sure that authorities are getting all the facts. While u-turns can be dangerous, we simply don't have all the facts here. For all we know, the truck driver had every chance to slow down and avoid the victim yet failed to do so. Perhaps the victim wasn't u-turning but making an evasive maneuver for some reason. Maybe the vehicle suddenly lost control. Maybe there were other circumstances leading up to all of this which require far more experienced investigators to uncover. Whatever happened here, it's important folks understand why exactly experienced professionals like myself rely on other experienced professionals rather than the authorities alone.