Two Killed in 18-wheeler Accident on I-30 at Big Town in Mesquite, TX
UPDATE (January 31, 2023): In more recent public statements, it appears police are looking into inattention as a contributing factor in the deadly wreck. On one hand, authorities may only say that because it appears the victims' vehicle was disabled, according to police. On the other hand, they may have evidence directly pointing to distraction as a factor. Did the truck driver admit to a mistake? Did police secure their phone records or video footage from the truck? The sooner this sort of evidence becomes clear, the sooner it can be in the hands of the victims' loved ones.
Mesquite, TX -- January 17, 2023, two people were killed due to an accident where an 18-wheeler crashed into a pickup along I-30.
Officials said that the accident happened at around 3:30 a.m. in the area of westbound I-30 and Big Town Boulevard. The exact cause of the crash remains unclear at this time. It appears that a pickup was going along the interstate where "an 18-wheeler collided into" it. Due to the collision, two people sustained fatal injuries. They are not identified at this time.
This soon after a deadly truck wreck, it's not exactly unusual for there to be so few details available. Given that authorities still had not cleared the roadway for normal traffic 5 hours after the wreck, we can infer that it must have been a rather violent collision, possibly spreading debris over a large area. The accident reconstructionists I hire always talk about how time consuming it is to gather the necessary evidence from even the smallest crash scene. When it’s spread out over a larger area, it makes the task even more difficult. Just looking at how long authorities have been on the scene, it certainly seems like authorities have their hands full. Hopefully, when all is said and done, their investigation yields an explanation for the families of those involved.