• January 18, 2023

Nicolas Santana Killed in Tractor Accident in Fannin County, TX

Fannin County, TX -- January 16, 2023, Nicolas Santana was killed due to an accident where a truck hit Santana's tractor.

Officials said that the incident happened Monday night along State Highway 78. Authorities said that 60-year-old Nicolas Santana was in a tractor which was traveling along the side of the highway. While slowing to make a left turn, a semi-truck hit the tractor from behind. Santana succumbed to fatal injuries as a result of the collision.

Nicolas Santana Killed in Tractor Accident in Fannin County, TX

One factor that stands out in these initial reports is that police believe Santana's tractor had "no reflective material or required lighting." I have no particular information to counter those claims, but I also understand the importance of taking them with a grain of salt.

Seeing the age of the victim, I can't help wondering if someone with that kind of experience would really make what seems to be a rookie mistake. It's possible, of course—mistakes happen. But I learned a long time ago in my career not to ignore those reasonably skeptical thoughts, even if it's just to verify what authorities have said.

Did the tractor truly not have any visibility markers? Did the truck driver simply have no way of seeing the tractor? Or is there something more to this story authorities aren't telling us? A family lost their loved one, and they shouldn't have to rely simply on initial claims made in the news to get the answers they deserve. One way or another, there needs to be a closer look into what happened here and how it all could have been avoided.


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