Madison Mangum Killed, 1 Injured in Truck Accident on I-40 in Amarillo, TX
UPDATE (March 9, 2023): Authorities gave further information about the crash, including the name of the victim killed in the crash. 20-year-old Madison Mangum was said to be in a pickup which became disabled along westbound lanes "without power." It was also apparently perpendicular to traffic when a tow truck hit it, killing Mangum.
While there still needs to be further details to confirm any of this, an unpowered truck facing away from traffic would conceivably be difficult to see, and therefore difficult to avoid. But questions remain about what caused the initial crash, whether or not other drivers were able to avoid the victim's vehicle, how much time passed between the two collisions, and other details regarding things like airbags, seatbelts, speeds, road conditions, and other vehicles involved in the crash.
As encouraging as it is to see more information come to light here, it's far from the full story a grieving family would need. Hopefully authorities aren't going to stop here and will continue until they get the victim's loved ones the answers they deserve.
Amarillo, TX -- March 6, 2023, one person was killed and one was injured following an accident involving a semi-truck along I-40.
Initial details about the crash say that it happened at around 6:20 a.m. just east of town near the intersection of I-40 and FM 1912. According to early reports from officials, the crash happened along the westbound lanes of I-40 and involved a tow truck towing multiple semis as well as a pickup and a rental truck.
Due to the crash, one person sustained fatal injuries due to the crash. Another had unspecified injuries. It's unclear if others were hurt. The factors surrounding the crash are still under investigation at this time.
This soon after a fatal truck wreck, I certainly don't expect authorities to know all the facts. These incidents are incredibly complex by nature. Fatal wrecks only present more significant obstacles. Maybe locals or witnesses can shed light on what may have happened here, but it's ultimately going to be up to the evidence to speak for itself. Are authorities hard at work right now getting that evidence?