A mother is dead, and her two children are injured after their vehicle crashed into two 18-wheelers in Cleveland, Texas. The crash occurred on Monday, August 22, on Farm-to-Market 787.
The 18-Wheeler Crash
On Monday, August 22, at around 6:11 a.m., a 2008 Kia Sorrento was traveling westbound on FM 787 near the Cleveland Municipal Airport.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Kia attempted to pass a 2005 Peterbilt semi-trailer while going around a curve. The driver of the Kia went off the roadway, overcorrected back onto the road, and lost control of her vehicle. DPS stated that the woman hit a 2015 Peterbilt semi-trailer heading eastbound on FM 787. The impact caused the Kia to hit the initial 18-wheeler she was attempting to pass.
The 32-year-old driver of the Kia was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. She had two children inside her vehicle at the time of the crash: a 2-year-old passenger, who was ejected from the car while still in a car seat, and a 7-year-old passenger, who was still inside the vehicle after the crash. Both children suffered major injuries and were flown to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The two drivers of the 18-wheelers were not injured in the crash.
Authorities are looking into speed or weather as a factor in the crash.
How to Safely Share the Road with Semi-Trucks
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a total of 4,014 people died in large truck crashes in 2020.
Since semi-trucks take up more space on the road than other vehicles, the damage they create in a crash could be catastrophic. Because passenger vehicles often share the road with semis, it’s important to know how to drive next to these large trucks safely:
- Stay alert — Because semis are larger and weigh more than passenger vehicles, it’s harder for them to react to changes on the road. You must stay alert at all times to anticipate any problems.
- Keep your distance — Semi-trucks can create a lot of damage on the road if they have a blowout or come to a sudden stop. Try to keep at least a four-second following distance to give yourself plenty of space to re-direct.
- Avoid blind spots — Truck drivers have four main blind spots, including the right side of the semi, directly in front of the truck, directly behind the truck, and certain spots along the driver’s side. Try to keep these in mind and avoid them when driving near a semi.
- Pass with caution — If possible, drive closer to the shoulder when passing a semi and leave plenty of space before moving back in front of the truck.
While truck drivers have their own responsibility to drive safely on the road, drivers of passenger vehicles should also take the proper precautions. The next time you drive near a semi on the road, put these safety tips to use and protect yourself and truck drivers from a severe or fatal crash.