One Killed, One Injured in Fiery 18-Wheeler Crash on I-30 in Garland, TX
Garland, TX — November 1, 2022, one person died and another was injured when one semi-truck hit another on the shoulder of Interstate 30 in Dallas County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 4:45 a.m. on westbound I-30 near Zion Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a Freightliner 18-wheeler had just pulled onto the shoulder for unknown reasons and was stopped or moving slowly when a westbound Volvo big rig crashed into it. After the impact the Volvo ran south through the roadway and hit the median retaining wall, then caught fire.
A passenger in the Volvo was pronounced dead at the scene. Its driver was taken to an area hospital in serious but stable condition. The Freightliner driver was treated and released.
After further investigation police noted that the Freightliner's trailer may still have been partially in the travel lane when the Volvo passed through.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Fiery Truck Accident on I-30 in Garland
People may read that one truck hit another that was mostly on the shoulder and think there's little else to say. However, it's clear from later additions to the investigation that there were more variables in play than originally thought. The driver that pulled may still have been in motion, for example, and his truck's trailer may also have partially obstructed the travel lane. If it created even a partial roadblock for passing traffic that makes a world of difference from initial reports just saying it was stopped on the roadside.
It seems there are many wrinkles to iron out here in pursuit of the whole story, which clearly is needed to get both answers and accountability. Since both drivers' employers are likely to bitterly dispute fault, clear facts will almost certainly be necessary. Is a police investigation alone enough to get those facts?