Tyler Long Killed, Casey Boggs Injured in Car Accident on Highway 155 in Coffee City, TX
UPDATE (March 21, 2023): Further information from officials identified the drivers believed to have been involved in the incident. Information says 18-year-old Tyler Long was in the pickup and died as a result of the crash. The car driver was 31-year-old Casey Boggs. Authorities have not said if they have more information about the car's tires or other factors believed to be surrounding the incident.
Coffee City, TX -- February 22, 2023, one person was killed and one was injured following an accident where two vehicles collided head-on.
Investigators said that the incident happened at around 2:30 a.m. along Highway 155 near the Frankston Highway bridge. It appears that the vehicles involved were a white car and a green pickup.
The cause of the crash appears to be a spare tire failure causing the car to lose control, police say. Due to the crash, the driver of the pickup sustained fatal injuries. The car driver was flown to a hospital. No further information is available at this time.
I certainly don't know more about this crash than anyone else reading the public details from authorities. I do know how important it is to maintain spare tires and ensure they can do their job until the driver can get a new replacement tire. But one thing to consider is that manufacturing defects, while relatively less common, can cause crashes like this. Is that something authorities are looking into, or does this particular department not have the right tools for something that complex? I'd hate to think the families affected here aren't getting the answers they deserve.