John Mammarappallil Injured in Truck Accident in Seguin, TX
Guadalupe County, TX — November 4, 2023, John Mammarappallil was injured following a semi-truck accident at around 8:39 a.m. along North Sam Flores Drive.
Authorities said in their statements that the incident took place at the intersection of Sam Flores Drive (Highway 46) and Rudeloff Road.
According to officials, 50-year-old John Mammarappallil was in a Honda Pilot going westbound along Rudeloff. Conditions were apparently significantly foggy at the time of the crash. At the Sam Flores intersection, police say that a northbound 18-wheeler went through a red light, crashing into Mammarappallil's vehicle.
Due to the crash, Mammarappallil reportedly had incapacitating injuries. There were no other confirmed injuries. Authorities say that the truck driver told them he couldn't see his light due to the fog, and Mammarappallil reportedly told them that he had a green light. If these details are true, I think it may be a concise example of why weather conditions are rarely the cause of a crash. Rather, it's usually a driver's behavior in those weather conditions that's to blame.
Any adult that has been driving for a while has been in foggy conditions. It can get pretty hazardous, without a doubt. But consider an intersection with a traffic signal. Has there ever been a situation where fog would be so thick that a driver going at appropriate speeds couldn't see it only for a light mere feet away to be visible?
Look, I wouldn't rule out anything without seeing clear evidence. I take details like what I'm seeing here with a grain of salt unless there's been a proper accident reconstruction. But authorities say the truck driver told them he couldn't see their red light due to the fog. So why was the victim apparently able to see their light? If it wasn't the fog, then what was it?