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Jay Wadsworth passes away following multi-vehicle crash on FM 1585

LUBBOCK, Texas- 85-year-old Jay Guy Wadsworth was pronounced dead at the scene of a crash between his farm tractor and two pickup trucks.

According to early reports, Wadsworth attempted to cross E FM 1585 when a pickup truck traveling eastbound on FM 1585 collided with the tractor. A second pickup then collided with the wreckage.

The drivers of the pickup trucks, as well as a female passenger of one of the trucks, were transported to local medical centers for treatment.

No other information was immediately available.

Thoughts on the fatal three-vehicle accident and potential remedies.

Our hearts go out to the Wadsworth family in the wake of this tragic accident. Everyone involved in this crash deserves an independent legal investigation into the cause of the accident to ensure the appropriate parties receive the assistance they need to recover physically, emotionally, and mentally from this crash.

The most common cause of accidents like this is distracted driving. A farm tractor is a large, easy-to-see, and slow-moving vehicle that should be easily observable to drivers who are paying due attention to the road. While technological advances in vehicles and smartphones have made driving safer in many ways, when they are used inappropriately, the results can be catastrophic. This is why every state has enacted laws designed to address the growing problem of distracted driving by assigning severe penalties to those found guilty of engaging in it. Whether the driver of the truck here was distracted remains to be seen. However, the family of the deceased deserves answers and an independent investigation to determine if any wrongdoing was involved in this crash.

We send our deepest condolences to the Wadsworth family at this time and hope the injured drivers make a full and speedy recovery.

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