Driver, Teens Injured in Truck Accident on Highway 115 in Andrews County, TX
Andrews County, TX — October 27, 2023, a woman and four teenagers were injured following a commercial truck accident at around 3:45 p.m. along Highway 115.
Authorities said in public statements that the accident happened at the intersection of Highway 115 and F.M. 2371.
It appears that a 29-year-old woman and four teenagers, ages 14, 16, and 17, were in a Ford Expedition which was going westbound on the highway. At the intersection, authorities say that a semi-trailer failed to yield at the stop sign and crashed into the Ford. This led to the Ford overturning off-road while the 18-wheeler continued off-road, as well.
Three of the teenagers in the Ford reportedly had incapacitating injuries while the fourth and the driver had apparently non-incapacitating injuries. Authorities say they recommended a failure to yield charge for the driver. Right now, no further information can be confirmed.
Authorities did not confirm exact factors leading to the crash, but experience and some of the details in these public statements raise some suspicions. In the most recent images of the stated intersection I can find, I see what appears to be a pretty clear intersection with a visible stop sign. This crash happened during daylight hours, and unless there were unique conditions authorities simply failed to mention, there shouldn't have been any issues with visibility.
So how exactly does a driver manage to pull into the intersection when there's a vehicle approaching unless they simply aren't looking at the roadway? Was the driver in a hurry and didn't check well enough for cross traffic? Did they even stop at the intersection, or did they completely disregard the stop sign? Have authorities pulled cell phone data? Does the truck have any cameras that can shed light on what happened? If authorities have looked into these factors, they sure haven't made that clear to the public. I can only hope the victims and families affected by this truck wreck are at least getting clearer answers behind the scenes.