One woman is dead and two others are injured after a semi-truck and SUV collided in Sherman County, TX. The crash occurred on Tuesday, March 29, on US 287.
The Semi-SUV Crash
On March 29 at around 2:45 p.m., a 2007 GMC Yukon towing a Yacht Club boat trailer was parked on the southbound shoulder of US 287. At the same time, a semi-truck was driving southbound on US 287. Once the driver of the semi saw the parked GMC Yukon, he merged into the inside lane of traffic.
DPS officials stated that the driver of the parked Yukon then left the shoulder and re-entered US 287 in an attempt to make a left turn at a turnaround. According to officials, the GMC Yukon made an unsafe turn in front of the semi, cutting off its path. The semi-truck then crashed into the driver’s side of the Yukon. The collision caused the Yukon and boat trailer to face north in the northbound lanes of US 287. The semi-truck rolled onto its side and came to a stop facing south in the northbound lanes.
The 46-year-old driver of the GMC Yukon was taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. She died later at the hospital.
Two other passengers were in the Yukon at the time of the crash. A 45-year-old passenger was treated and released while an 11-year-old passenger was taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries.
The 68-year-old driver of the semi-truck was not injured in the collision.
The Texas Highway Patrol is still investigating this crash.
Left-Turn Safety Tips
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 22 percent of crashes occur when turning left while only 1.2 percent happen when a driver is turning right.
Left-turn crashes are often more dangerous because drivers may be unsure of the proper turning etiquette or have difficulty seeing oncoming traffic. In order to avoid left-turn crashes, here are a few left-turn safety tips:
- Make your turns the equivalent of a 90-degree angle instead of cutting corners.
- Turn slowly at around 5 mph.
- Be aware of people walking or biking in crosswalks.
- Don’t attempt to make your turn too fast — wait until you have plenty of time to safely complete the turn.
- Wait until traffic is cleared to turn or use a controlled intersection.
- Put all distractions away and pay attention to oncoming traffic.
If you’re attempting to turn left, it’s important that you are confident with your left turns. Knowing when to turn, what to look out for, and how to safely proceed can all make the difference in a left-turn situation.