• November 07, 2022

Andre Arango-Lopez, Fredy Mateo-Lopez, Uriel Lopez, Kenis Lopez-Martinez Killed in 18-wheeler Accident on US 287 in Armstrong County, TX

UPDATE (November 9, 2022): Sources identified the victims killed in the crash. They were 25-year-old Andre Arango-Lopez, 19-year-old Fredy Mateo-Lopez, 19-year-old Uriel Lopez Y Lopez and 19-year-old Kenis Lopez-Martinez. Right now, additional details about the crash itself remain unclear.

Armstrong County, TX -- November 4, 2022, four people were killed following an accident where an 18-wheeler crashed with an SUV on US 287.

Officials with the DPS said that the accident took place at around 5:00 a.m. in the area of US Highway 287 and County Road 30, just south of Goodnight.

Investigations said that four people were in an SUV which may have been going the wrong direction on US 287. Doing so, it crashed with a semi-truck.

Four people in the SUV died as a result of the collision. No other injuries were reported. At this time, additional details about the crash are unavailable.

Commentary on Andre Arango-Lopez, Fredy Mateo-Lopez, Uriel Lopez, Kenis Lopez-Martinez 18-wheeler Accident in Armstrong County

This is clearly a serious crash, and with any serious truck wreck comes the challenging process of gathering evidence. Some folks may be quick to jump to conclusions considering officials say that the SUV was on the wrong side of the road. That's not exactly unusual, to be clear. Early in the morning, this sort of thing can happen for all kinds of reasons--from fatigue to alcohol to simply making a mistake in an unfamiliar area. At the same time, though, 30 years of truck wreck experience didn't teach me to take initial reports at face value; quite the opposite, in fact.

Andre Arango-Lopez, Fredy Mateo-Lopez, Uriel Lopez, Kenis Lopez-Martinez Killed in 18-wheeler Accident in Armstrong County, TX

Something that stood out in the news, for example, was someone saying that the SUV was "unrecognizable". Some footage from the scene certainly confirms this. But with damage that significant, it likely isn't immediately apparent that the collision was head-on. So where did police get their information? Were there multiple witnesses? Did the truck have a dash cam? Or is their only account of events from the surviving truck driver?

At the end of the day, clear evidence is more than just witness testimony and an officer's gut instinct. Crashes this serious almost always require independent accident reconstructionists who can help to ensure that even unlikely possible factors don't slip through the cracks. Whether this was someone driving where they shouldn't have been or a far more complex set of circumstances authorities are unaware of, getting answers needs to be the priority right now.


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