One woman is dead and her passenger is seriously injured following a rollover crash in Childress, Texas. The crash occurred on Sunday, September 18, at around 12:15 p.m.
The Rollover Crash
On Sunday, September 18, at around 12:15 p.m., a Ford Expedition towing a U-Haul trailer was traveling northwest on US-287.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the trailer attached to the Ford Expedition started to fishtail and caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The Expedition, along with the trailer, started to skid sideways and traveled into the center median. The Expedition and trailer rolled over, leaving the Expedition upside down and the trailer resting on its side.
The 57-year-old female driver of the Ford Expedition was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. There was also a 58-year-old male passenger inside the vehicle who was taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries.
The Texas Highway Patrol is conducting an investigation into the crash.
What Should You Do If Your Car Starts to Fishtail?
Picture yourself driving down the road when all of a sudden, your rear tires lose traction, and your vehicle starts sliding around. Your steering wheel is turning in one direction, but the vehicle just isn’t responding. This scary experience is what’s known as “fishtailing.”
Your car will often fishtail due to poor tire traction and slick road conditions. When this does happen, it’s important to know what to do to get back in control of your vehicle:
- Stay calm — While this is easier said than done, try not to panic if your car begins to fishtail. Take a deep breath and try to regain control of your vehicle.
- Steer your wheel in the direction of the skid — To get your vehicle to stop sliding, turn your steering wheel in the same direction as the rear of your car is moving. If the rear of your vehicle is moving towards the passenger side, turn your steering wheel to the right and vice versa.
- Take your foot off the gas — Your first reaction may be to slam on the brakes. However, this can cause your vehicle to slide even more. The best way to get your vehicle to a safe stop is by taking your foot off the gas and slowly pumping the brakes.
While many drivers’ first reaction is to turn the steering wheel back and forth and slam on the brakes, it’s important to fight that urge and stay calm. Overreacting in this type of scenario could make the fishtailing worse and lead to a severe accident. If your car starts to slide around the road, stay calm and remember the steps listed above. Doing so can protect you, your passengers, and other drivers on the road from a severe or fatal accident.