Westen Hurst Killed in Semi-Truck Accident on I-30 in Hunt County, TX
UPDATE (January 26, 2023): Public information from the authorities suggests investigators believe that at least one of the taillights on the trailer was out prior to the collision. Below, I cautioned people there is often more to a story than what the public initially sees. If these new details are true, then that just goes to prove that. Tractor-trailers, due to their size and mass, have to be in proper working order or else people can lost their lives. Did this supposed broken taillight lead to this fatal incident? Did authorities find more issues with the truck that need to be brought to light?
UPDATE (January 12, 2023): Reports have identified the man killed in the crash as 29-year-old Westen Hurst. The reports did not give more details about the crash.
Hunt County, TX -- January 5, 2023, a driver was killed due to an accident where their vehicle and a semi-truck collided on I-30.
Initial details put the crash in the area of FM 1903 at around 3:15 a.m. It reportedly resulted in one fatality, and no other injuries were reported. Authorities said that a Nissan Versa was westbound on I-30 when it somehow crashed into the back of a semi-truck which slowed for traffic. For some, that may be all they need to hear. But could there be more to this story?
I've seen just about every kind of crash one could imagine, and many have had similar facts to these without the victim actually doing anything wrong. Despite the common assumption, people are not automatically responsible for rear-ending another vehicle. That's not to blame the other driver, to be clear, but there are always possibilities to consider which police have overlooked in the past and could certainly overlook again.
How fast was the victim going? Did the truck have working taillights? Was there another vehicle involved that left the scene? Did the victim's vehicle have faulty brakes? Defective airbags or seatbelts? Did factors relating to the design of the road contribute to the crash? Is this a stretch of road that locals have complained to local authorities about in the past?
Likely or not, someone lost their life here. I know if I lost a loved one in a serious truck accident, I'd want to be sure I was getting the full story.