• May 03, 2017

2 Killed, 1 Injured in Temple, TX, Truck Accident on Loop 363

Temple, TX -- May 2, 2017, two people were killed and one person was injured following an accident where a truck and a car crashed on Loop 363.

Temple Police Department officials reported that the accident happened at around 4:15 p.m. at the US Highway 190 and Loop 363 interchange.

According to preliminary police reports, two people were inside a Toyota sedan traveling along US Highway 190. The driver reportedly attempted to transfer onto eastbound Loop 363, which put the sedan into the path of an oncoming dump truck carrying scrap metal. This resulted in a severe collision that forced the truck off-road, where it overturned onto its side.

As a result of the crash, both occupants of the car suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. The driver of the truck was sent to a local hospital with minor injuries.

Police did not report any charges or citations following the accident. They say investigations are ongoing.

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Commentary

I've seen some news reports saying that the sedan failed to yield the right of way to the truck, leading to the accident. This is entirely possible, and it happens all the time, unfortunately. That being said, it's important with such serious accidents to remind people that news reports are far from the final story.

I've seen news reports make mistakes, leave out crucial evidence, even to the point that the person said to be at fault is completely wrong. Now this isn't always the news's fault. Sometimes police reports themselves are mistaken. If you look at a lot of police reports, they tend to say something along the lines of, "V1 failed to yield and hit V2." As you can see, it'd be very simple to mix up 1 and 2, but doing so would completely change the fact pattern.

This doesn't happen all the time, but it happens often enough to be a concern for anyone affected by an accident. This is why I've always advocated for the use of private investigators. The concern here is that these preliminary reports are usually a cursory police investigation then filtered through a hastily written news article. Conversely, a private investigator is an experienced professional that closely examines any and all factors surrounding an accident.

Think about it like this. If someone receives a serious diagnosis from a doctor, it's entirely reasonable that they would seek a second opinion from a specialist. It's equally reasonable that if a loved one was hurt or killed in an accident, those affected would want to know all of the factors surrounding the crash. Conducting a private investigation accomplishes this. Perhaps their work unveils previously undiscovered details, maybe it corrects mistaken information, and maybe it simply confirms what police reports have already said. The point here is to remove doubt and get the full story. Regardless of the outcome, even that bit of closure can be a welcome relief.

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