One teen is dead and three others are injured following an 18-wheeler crash in Wills Point, TX. The crash occurred on Tuesday, May 17, at the intersection of U.S. Highway 80 and Farm-to-Market 2965.
The 18-Wheeler Crash
On Tuesday, May 17, at approximately 7 p.m., the Wills Point Police Department, Fire Department, and Christus EMS were dispatched to the scene of a crash at the intersection of U.S. 80 and FM 2965. When police arrived, they found a crash had occurred between a passenger vehicle and an 18-wheeler.
There were four juveniles inside the passenger vehicle, and a driver and no passengers aboard the 18-wheeler. Police found the four juveniles trapped inside their vehicle and requested an air medic helicopter along with additional EMS crews.
One of the teenagers inside the passenger vehicle, a senior at Wills Point ISD, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other three juveniles were taken to a nearby hospital in stable condition. The driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured in the crash and was released at the scene.
It is unclear at this time what caused the two-vehicle accident. Wills Point Police are conducting an investigation into the crash.
Ways to Avoid 18-Wheeler Accidents
In 2020, a total of 4,965 people died in large truck crashes. The passengers and drivers of other vehicles on the road represented the majority of those fatalities. Due to the size of their vehicles, truck drivers tend to fair better in truck-car accidents relative to other drivers.
It’s no surprise that driving next to 18-wheelers can be quite intimidating. These vehicles are large, loud, and have many blind spots that make it difficult for them to clearly see other vehicles. Although some accidents happen despite our best efforts to stop them, there are some things that you as a driver can do to avoid a possible collision:
- Watch your speed— This is true for any vehicle, but it’s especially important to watch your speed when driving next to 18-wheelers.
- Get rid of distractions— You never know what other vehicles are going to do, so it’s important that you get rid of all distractions and focus all your attention on the road.
- Avoid blind spots— 18-wheelers have four no-zones, also known as blind spots on their vehicle. If you can see the driver’s face in their side mirrors then they’ll be able to see you.
- Pass with caution— Give yourself and the 18-wheeler plenty of space before passing. You should be able to see both of the semi’s headlights in your rearview mirror before you move back into the lane.
- Watch for turning trucks— Because 18-wheelers need to make wide turns, it’s important that you don’t try to squeeze beside one when it’s turning.
The next time you’re driving next to an 18-wheeler, keep these tips in mind. The thought of getting into a truck accident is undeniably frightening, but they can often be avoided by respecting other drivers on the road and practicing safe driving etiquette behind the wheel.