One Killed, Two Injured in Multi-Vehicle Accident on I-30 in Dallas, TX
Dallas, TX — December 22, 2022, one person died and two were hospitalized after a crash involving multiple vehicles on Interstate 30 near downtown Dallas.
Authorities say the incident happened around 7:00 a.m. on I-30 (R.L. Thornton Freeway) near Good Latimer Expressway. Preliminary investigation suggests an Infiniti vehicle was eastbound on the roadway when the driver tried to accelerate and pass a Chevy Express van as his lane merged. The Infiniti's back-right made contact with the van's front-left, causing the car to veer right and crash into a Freightliner tractor-trailer hauling concrete.
After the impact the big rig swerved to the right and hit the back of a Chevy Silverado pickup, causing that truck to spin and crash into a barrier wall, then overturn. The Freightliner continued to the right, crashed through the guardrail, and hit a concrete bridge pillar.
The truck driver was ejected in the crash and suffered fatal injuries. The Silverado and Infiniti drivers were taken to an a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
No further information is currently available.
Reports suggest this terrible chain of events began with a passing maneuver gone wrong, then just kept escalating from there and resulted in the loss of a man's life. Maybe things went exactly as officers at the scene believed, but I would note that their narrative seems based largely on statements collected at the scene. I'm sure those statements overlapped in places and some details became clear, but the story told from half a dozen perspectives is no match for clear and decisive evidence derived from forensic investigation.
That's not to say police won't do their best to make sense of all this, but long experience has taught me their instinct is to seek the simplest explanation and stick with it—even if that means ignoring other details that might paint the crash or the victims' injuries in a new light. That might not be an issue in the Dallas wreck, but for the sake of the people who lost a loved one just before Christmas it seems only right to ensure they have the whole story. I just hope in the end that's what authorities provide for them.