• December 12, 2022

Sergio Garcia Killed; Adan Rodriguez, Johnathan Haines Injured in Multi-Vehicle Crash in Palo Pinto County, TX

UPDATE (January 11, 2023): The truck driver killed in this multi-truck accident has been identified as 25-year-old Sergio Garcia.

Palo Pinto County, TX — December 9, 2022, one person died and three others were injured in a multi-vehicle wreck involving four big rigs in Palo Pinto County.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 5:15 p.m. along Interstate 20 near Gilbert Pit Road. Preliminary investigation suggests traffic was slowed in the area due to a previous wreck. A Freightliner tractor-trailer, a passenger vehicle, and another 18-wheeler slowed as they approached the traffic, but a third big rig behind them struck the second truck and pushed it into the passenger vehicle. A fourth truck then crashed into the impact site; all vehicles except the Freightliner truck caught fire.

The driver of the third 18-wheeler was pronounced dead at the scene. The second truck's driver, 62-year-old Adan Rodriguez, and the passenger vehicle's driver, 39-year-old Johnathan Haines, were transported to area hospitals. An unidentified passenger in Haines' vehicle was also hospitalized.

No further information is available at this time.

Sergio Garcia Killed; Adan Rodriguez, Johnathan Haines Injured in Multi-Vehicle Crash in Palo Pinto County, TX

Police haven't directly stated any suspected causes for the collision, but operator error may be one potential explanation they look into. It's far from the only possibility, but many such accidents occur when the striking truck driver is distracted or too tired to react quickly. However, it's important to ensure only clear facts ultimately say what happened. Finding and understanding them can ensure not only that everyone gets the same story, but also that any disagreements about that story are resolved by evidence.

In the end this is clearly a complicated situation, and making sure the people affected by it understand how and why it happened should be a priority. Whether the final explanation is simple or far less so, it's important to get those people the truth. Did or will authorities make sure that happens?

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