• January 12, 2023

Phoenix, Arizona Man Killed in Semi-Truck Accident on I-10 in Hudspeth County, TX

Hudspeth County, TX -- November 3, 2022, an Arizona man was killed following an accident where two 18-wheelers collided on I-10.

Emergency responders were called to the crash scene at around 1:00 a.m., authorities said. The crash happened near mile marker 81 of I-10.

According to initial details, the man killed in the crash was a 62-year-old Pheonix, Arizona man in a tractor-trailer traveling westbound on the freeway. The truck may have left its lane and made contact with another tractor-trailer which was stationary along the right shoulder.

Arizona Man Killed in Semi-Truck Accident on I-10 in Hudspeth County, TX

Something crucial the details I'm seeing do not mention, though, is whether or not the parked 18-wheeler stopped safely. There are rules and guidelines for how and when commercial vehicles can stop along a highway. A lot of things can crop up suddenly that require a truck driver to move off the road, and so long as they put out visibility markers and do everything in their power to get their vehicle out of the way, a crash like this could just be them in the wrong place at the wrong time.

However, I've seen countless commercial vehicles—both in the course of my work and while driving our local highways—that simply flouted these safety guidelines without any regard for their safety or the safety of others. That's how one gets situations like one I dealt with not long ago where a semi-truck stopped due to mechanical issues without putting any cones out despite having plenty of time to do so. To make matters worse, the mechanical issue that led them to pull over only happened due to a lack of regular maintenance. It was completely avoidable.

It would shock people to see how little attention authorities can give a crash like this. Maybe authorities here were able to provide clear answers for the family of a man who suddenly lost his life in state far from home. I just can't help worrying that the limited information I'm seeing here is as much information as the victim's loved ones are getting during a time—more than any time—when they deserve answers.

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