Micah McAfoose, Graylan Spring Killed in 18-Wheeler Accident on US-59 near Corrigan, TX
Corrigan, TX — January 20, 2023, Stephen F. Austin University students Micah McAfoose and Graylan Spring died after a collision with an 18-wheeler near Corrigan.
Authorities say the incident happened Friday afternoon on U.S. Highway 59 at Plant Road. Preliminary investigation suggests McAfoose and Spring were traveling south on the highway in a Nissan Versa when a commercial tractor-trailer pulled into their path as it made a left turn from Plant Road. The Nissan then struck the big rig's trailer and became trapped underneath.
McAfoose, 18, was killed in the collision. Spring, 19, was airlifted to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries on Sunday, January 22.
No further information is currently available.
If early reports have their details straight it seems like a (presumably) professional truck driver failed to yield to oncoming traffic while turning. If that's proven accurate there's still the urgent question of why to work out, but barring the discovery of something highly unusual it may be exactly as it appears: A moment of carelessness with devastating results. Some may feel the preliminary details already show that clearly enough to establish fault, meaning the driver and his employer would have to admit responsibility and make amends, but unfortunately few truck accidents really tie up that neatly.
People who haven't crashed with a commercial truck may not realize the long uphill battles that often await those who do, as trucking companies rarely if ever freely accept liability when their employees cause harm to others. Their defense attorneys and insurers typically have an arsenal of tactics and strategies to help them dispute or deflect responsibility, and they aren't shy about using each and every one.
I've seen too many people whose only desire was the truth argued with or ignored by the companies they asked for it, which is why I try to set expectations when I read about these terrible incidents. The families of those young men near Corrigan deserve the whole truth about their loss, but should be prepared to face obstacles in their pursuit of it.