Woman Injured in Truck, Pedestrian Accident on I-45 in Conroe, TX
Conroe, TX -- February 14, 2023, a woman was injured after an accident where an 18-wheeler crashed into a previous accident scene on I-45.
Investigations say the incident happened at around 10:00 a.m. along southbound lanes of the interstate near FM 3083. It appears things began due to a vehicle crashing along the side of the road and others stopping to assist at that scene. One of those Good Samaritans was a 78-year-old woman who apparently entered the roadway, possibly to wave down traffic.
As vehicles approached, authorities say that those vehicles "braked accordingly" in the apparently inclement weather conditions. An 18-wheeler, however, slammed on its brakes, and its trailer fishtailed onto the shoulder. Police say the woman was on the shoulder at this point standing near a stopped vehicle when the out of control trailer hit her. Due to this, she sustained incapacitating injuries. The reports do not list anyone else as being injured.
The reporting officer seems to believe following initial details that this was all the result of the woman entering the roadway. I certainly don't have information right now to confirm or deny that. But it stood out to me that they distinctly said traffic ahead of the semi "braked accordingly" to avoid an accident. Does that mean the truck driver didn't brake accordingly? Would a truck driver following at appropriate distances and going at safe speeds have fishtailed approaching the previous crash scene? Or was the trailer losing control the result of a mistake?
Like I said, I can't say one way or another without more evidence, but my concern is authorities don't seem to have much more to say on this incident despite their initial details leaving several unanswered questions. Maybe there is more information available behind the scenes that would clear things up.