Six people in a Tundra and four others in a Ford collided at an intersection in Mentone, Texas, on the morning of May 30, 2022.
The Fatal Accident
In the early hours of May 30th, a 2014 Toyota Tundra with six passengers inside hit the side of a 2017 Ford F-250 carrying 4 passengers.
The Tundra was traveling north on County Road 300 when it failed to stop at the intersection with Ranch to Market Road 652, striking the westbound Ford on its driver side. Due to the force of the accident, the Tundra also hit a utility pole, impacting the vehicle on its passenger side.
Three passengers in the back of the Tundra were not wearing their seatbelts, according to reports from the Department of Public Safety. Three passengers were also ejected and killed during the crash, and, while it’s highly likely that the unbelted passengers were the same ones who were ejected, this has not been confirmed.
Another Tundra passenger riding in the front passenger seat was also killed in the accident.
The final two injured individuals from the Tundra, the driver and a passenger, were transported to a nearby hospital in Lubbock for medical treatment. The passenger of the Tundra is reportedly in critical condition.
Two of the truck passengers were taken to a hospital in Odessa, where one of them is reported to be recovering from serious injuries.
A total of six lives were taken, and four passengers are undergoing medical treatment.
Does Buckling Your Seat Belt Make a Difference?
While it has not been officially reported that three Tundra passengers not wearing their seatbelts were the same passengers who were ejected in the crash, it is highly likely.
According to studies done by the CDC, individuals who do not wear a seat belt are 30 times more likely to be ejected from their vehicle in the event of a crash compared to those who do wear their seatbelts as directed. The CDC also states that three out of four of those ejected during crashes are killed as a result.
Seat belts may be annoying and might get in the way, but in the event of a crash, they may save your life. Every time you get in the vehicle, make sure everyone is buckled up before hitting the road. If it’s not a habit now, leave yourself a note on the dash or stearing wheel to help you remember.