• November 08, 2022

Driver Injured in 18-Wheeler Crash on SH 21 near RELLIS in Bryan, TX

Bryan, TX — November 7, 2022, a truck driver was injured when an 18-wheeler crashed into a ditch off State Highway 21 in Bryan.

Authorities say the incident happened Monday morning along eastbound TX-21 near the A&M RELLIS campus. Preliminary investigation suggests only that the big rig was headed east when it went out of control for unknown reasons. The truck then crashed through a guardrail and ran into a ditch, where it came to rest.

The truck's driver was transported to an area hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Driver Injured in 18-Wheeler Crash on SH 21 near RELLIS in Bryan, TX

Commentary on Truck Accident on SH 21 in Bryan

When people read about a truck running off the road, many of them instinctively ask "What did the driver do wrong?" They assume that since the vehicle went out of control then the one who lost that control is to blame, but that can't be taken for granted before all the other possible factors are properly evaluated. There are plenty of reasons a truck could lose control that would be out of the driver's hands. Take for instance a malfunction or defect in the truck--they can be subtle and hard for untrained traffic investigators to find, but they cause far more accidents than people may realize.

Because such defects often fly under the radar, many crashes are unfairly blamed on driver error (consider the GM ignition switch fiasco of a few years ago) when the operators actually couldn't have done much to avoid them. That's why it's crucial that trained investigators who know what signs to look for get involved. At worst they'll confirm preliminary findings, but they might also uncover critical evidence that changes how the wreck is perceived--and what should happen afterward.

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