• January 20, 2023

Seminole, Oklahoma Woman Injured in Truck Accident on I-40 in Oldham County, TX

Oldham County, TX -- December 29, 2022, an Oklahoma woman was injured due to an accident where a truck and a van crashed on I-40.

Details given in public statements from authorities said that the crash happened at approximately 1:23 a.m. along I-40 near mile marker 45.

Officials said that a 71-year-old Seminole, Oklahoma woman was in a van traveling along eastbound lanes of the interstate. It appears she slowed down due to debris in the roadway resulting from a previous crash. While slowing, an eastbound tractor-trailer apparently did not slow down in time, crashing into the back of the van.

Oklahoma Woman Injured in Truck Accident on I-40 in Oldham County, TX

The Oklahoma woman had incapacitating injuries due to the crash. A man in that same vehicle was said to have non-incapacitating injuries. While exact factors are still unclear, authorities suggested that possible debris "in the air" and the headlights of one of the previously wrecked vehicles pointing into traffic, visibility was limited. I'd have to see the evidence for myself to truly say if that was a significant factor in this crash, but I can't help being skeptical.

I've been handling commercial truck wrecks for decades, and the simple fact of the matter is that most truck drivers are incredibly attentive and careful. As such, they allow themselves as much time as possible to react to an emergency situation such that they and others don't get seriously hurt. Perhaps the circumstances here are such that the truck driver could not avoid the victim's vehicle, especially if this supposed previous crash happened immediately before the secondary collision.

With that said, though, a woman in her 70s driving at 1:00 a.m. saw the debris from the crash and slowed down. Were the factors mentioned above uniquely obstructive to the truck driver in their higher up vehicle? Or should that truck driver have been able to see something was going on ahead and slow down in time to avoid hitting anyone? At the very least, it would be a wise thing for investigators to reconstruct if they haven't already.

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