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 with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 20 in Reeves County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 4:00 p.m. along I-20, roughly 19 miles southwest of Toyah. 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. Investigators often end up finding that's the case, but it 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 if one big rig really crashed into the back of another that was stopped, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions here. 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, like from a medical emergency? How long had he been on the road? Did the truck ahead of him brake gradually or suddenly as it approached traffic? How was visibility in the area? Weather? Police said the road was wet; did that play a part?
People may roll their eyes and assume I'm just trying to find a "bad guy," but that's not the point. I'm actually trying to be sure that the victim isn't unfairly blamed as all the facts are still being rounded up. In too many cases crucial details and specifics are ignored in favor of a simple explanation, both by the public and by police. If there's more to the story, that man's family deserves to know it. Will police efforts be enough to get it for them?