• November 21, 2022

Johnny Triplett Killed in Truck Accident on I-20 in Reeves County, TX

Reeves County, TX — November 19, 2022, 65-year-old Johnny Triplett died in a collision between tractor-trailers on Interstate 20 in Reeves County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 3:05 p.m. along I-20 near mile marker 4. Preliminary investigation suggests Triplett was driving a Kenworth 18-wheeler west on the highway when he allegedly failed to control his speed and crashed into the trailer of a Freightliner big rig. Investigators say the Freightliner was stopped in the road's right lane due to stopped traffic ahead.

Triplett, reportedly wearing a seat belt at the time, suffered fatal injuries.

The crash remains under investigation. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Johnny Triplett Accident in Reeves County

Some people have the dangerous misconception that rear-end collisions are always the rear driver's fault. In many cases investigators ultimately conclude that, but it still can't be taken for granted. Ensuring there's a proper accident reconstruction will be crucial for finding the truth of what happened in Reeves County.

Some may not see how much more information is necessary given what police think happened, but there could still be plenty more to the story. For example: How fast was the victim traveling? If he "failed to control speed," why? Was anything wrong with his truck's brakes or steering? Was he incapacitated somehow, like a medical emergency? How long had he been on the road? Was the truck ahead already at a full stop, or did it brake in front of the victim? If so, did it stop gradually or suddenly? How was visibility in the area? Weather? Police said the road was wet; did that play a part?

Johnny Triplett Killed in Reeves County, TX Truck Accident on I-20

These questions aren't about complicating things or finding a "bad guy." A man lost his life, and that's more than enough reason to find out how and why that occurred. In too many cases crucial details and specifics are ignored in favor of a simple explanation, but if there's more to the story that man's family deserves to know it. I just hope authorities did everything in their power to find out.

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