Two separate crashes which occurred just two miles and two hours apart on I-10 on Wednesday December 9 resulted in the deaths of five people, including one pregnant woman. The collisions both involved semi-trucks stopped in traffic, one due to engine trouble.
Details About the Truck Accidents
Sometime before 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, an 18-wheeler broke down in the center lane of I-10 near FM1836, according to reports from the Texas Department of Public Safety.
At around 9:30 a.m., a second 18-wheeler collided with the rear-end of the broken down vehicle. The driver of the second truck was ejected before his vehicle burst into flames. He was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver of the initial broken down truck was not injured in the collision.
Due to the crash and some subsequent lane closures, traffic on the interstate was slowed considerably. Within two hours of the initial crash, another collision occurred due to the congestion. About two miles to the east of the initial site, a westbound SUV ran into the rear-end of a third 18-wheeler which was stopped in traffic.
The SUV was occupied by a 50-year-old male driver who was pronounced dead at the scene, and a 29-year-old pregnant woman and 63-year-old woman who were both sent to nearby hospitals before they and the baby succumbed to their injuries. The driver of the third 18-wheeler was not injured in the collision.
Tips for Staying Safe When Driving Near Truck Accident Scenes
This year has been particularly dangerous for Texas drivers. Due to lower numbers of vehicles on the road, experts believe drivers may be behaving more recklessly, but there are many factors that could be at play, including increased levels of stress.
Unfortunately, car and truck crashes can be dangerous for more than just the people involved. Stopped traffic or traffic slowed as it is directed around a crash is a common sight on Texas roads, especially near cities and high-traffic intersections. These crash sites can lead to lane closures, congestion, and confusion for other drivers creating considerable potential for further accidents.
As these events become more common, Texas drivers need to know how to drive safely both in traffic and around lane closures.
You can follow the tips above to keep yourself safe when driving on Texas roads, and don’t forget to share this information with your loved ones.
The Houston truck accident attorneys of Lapeze & Johns can help you find a path forward if you’ve been injured in a crash.