Charles Edward Mingo Sr. Killed in Single-Truck Accident on US 281 in Jim Wells County, TX
Jim Wells County, TX -- January 11, 2023, Charles Mingo Sr. was killed due to an accident where a semi-truck crashed along US 281.
Authorities with the Texas Department of Public Safety said the crash happened outside of Alice along US Highway 281. It appears that 68-year-old Charles Edward Mingo Sr. of California was in a semi-truck traveling along US 281. The truck somehow left its lane, crashed into the median barrier, then hit a pole along the roadway.
Mingo's injuries ultimately proved fatal due to the crash. No others were said to be involved in the crash. Right now, additional details are unavailable.
How fast was the truck going? Did a tire blowout? Did the cargo shift? Was there a medical emergency? Was there some sort of unpredictable manufacturing issue? Does the driver work for a company that puts their drivers in dangerous situations or makes them work long hours? Was there another vehicle involved that left the scene?
My concern is that when people see a single-vehicle wreck, their instinct is to just blame the driver. As possible as that is, what good could come from ignoring other possibilities that the driver couldn't avoid? The simple fact of the matter is a man working to provide for his loved ones lost his life in a terrible accident over a thousand miles from home. His loved ones deserve to know the details are in caring, experienced, and dedicated hands so they get clear answers and some much needed closure. Hopefully authorities understand that and are at this time getting answers for the victim's loved ones.