• November 20, 2023

Clara Olson, 1 Injured in Truck Accident in Archer County, TX

Archer County, TX — November 2, 2023, Clara Olson and one other were hurt as the result of a truck accident at around 3:22 p.m. along F.M. 1954.

According to officials, the crash took place near the intersection of Farm-to-Market 1954 and Culley Road intersection.

Investigators said in their statements that 32-year-old Clara Olson was in a Kia Optima going eastbound along F.M. 1954. Ahead, authorities say a Chevy truck coming from a private drive failed to yield, pulling out onto the roadway. As a result, Olson's vehicle crashed into the truck.

Clara Olson, 1 Injured in Truck Accident in Archer County, TX

Due to the collision, Olson sustained injuries said to be incapacitating. The truck driver's injuries were reportedly non-incapacitating. Authorities apparently recommended a citation to the truck driver for failure to yield.

Right now, there isn't much more public information about what all happened here. One thing that stands out to me is the apparent type of truck listed here and the location where this all happened. If the images I've found online align with where this crash actually happened, there appear to be some businesses just off the roadway here. Was this truck owned by one of those business? Or, are they someone who drops off/picks up material or does some kind of contract work for them?

I bring this up because it's not the sort of thing I often see from police statements despite how important it is. Many of the truck wrecks I've handled throughout the years ended up involving employers who either fostered dangerous work environments, neglected to train drivers, or failed to properly supervise employees that had known issues. Alternatively, if those businesses simply know of the driver, they can offer vital insight on their past behaviors and potential history of reckless driving.

To be clear, these are the kinds of things should be on an investigator's radar after any serious truck wreck. I don't say all of this to suggest I know more about the crash than what authorities have released to the public. But what I'm seeing right now still leaves a significant amount of unanswered questions, and it raises concerns as to whether or not those affected by this crash are getting any of those answers behind the scenes.

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