One young girl was killed and six people injured in a two-vehicle crash in Kimble County, TX. The crash occurred Thursday, January 3, on US Hwy 377.
The driver of an SUV along with five of the passengers were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. One young girl was pronounced dead at the scene by a justice of the peace.
The Icy Collision
On Thursday, January 3, an SUV carrying an Arizona volleyball team was traveling northbound on US Hwy 377 while a tractor-trailer traveled south. The SUV hit a patch of black ice on the road and started to spin. This sent the SUV traveling into the southbound lane where it hit the 18-wheeler head-on.
During the collision, the SUV hit the rear driver’s side and spun again, ejecting five of its passengers who were not wearing seatbelts.
The driver of the SUV, along with five of the passengers were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of various injuries. One of the young girls was pronounced dead at the scene by a justice of the peace.
According to the DPS, only the driver and front-seat passenger of the SUV were wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. The owner of the volleyball team stated that “road conditions at the time indicated that everything was perfectly fine.” The DPS is still investigating this crash.
Driving Safely in Winter Weather Conditions
Although snow and ice are rare occurrences in most parts of Texas, they can still happen. When it does, Texans are at a greater risk of crashing due to inexperience driving in these weather conditions.
The best thing you can do when snow and ice are on the road is to stay home. However, if you must head out on the road, here are a few driving tips to follow:
- Slow down and drive below the posted speed limit.
- Maintain at least three times the normal following distance between the vehicle in front of you.
- Watch out for snow removal equipment and stay at least 200 feet behind snowplows.
- Drive cautiously over bridges, ramps, overpasses, and shaded areas as they tend to freeze first.
- Ease off your gas pedal and brakes if your vehicle starts to slide. Steer into the direction of the skid until you have regained traction and then straighten out your vehicle.
Whether you’re traveling through states that are enduring a winter storm, or snow and ice make an appearance in Texas, it’s important to know how to safely drive in these weather conditions.