Two people are dead following a seven-vehicle wreck on Interstate 10. The crash occurred on Wednesday, April 20, in Rose City, TX.
The Seven-Vehicle Wreck
On Wednesday, April 20, a 2004 Ford SUV was traveling in the inside lane of Interstate 10 when its back left tire blew out.
The blowout caused the driver to lose control of the Ford SUV. A 2015 Dodge pickup truck traveling in the center lane was then hit by the SUV. Police, the fire department, and other emergency crews were called to the scene of the crash at around 1 p.m. While details of the crash are still unknown, police stated that there were five other vehicles involved in the crash. These vehicles included a 2019 Ford pickup, a 2020 Peterbilt truck tractor semi-trailer, a 2006 Toyota passenger car, a 2021 Hyundai passenger car, and a 2018 Dodge pickup.
The drivers of the 2004 Ford SUV and 2006 Toyota passenger car were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The driver and passenger of the Hyundai passenger car were pronounced dead at the scene. The drivers of the 2015 Dodge pickup, 2019 Ford pickup, 2020 Peterbilt, and 2018 Dodge pickup were not injured in the crash.
Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety are currently investigating this major collision.
Common Causes of Multi-Vehicle Wrecks
Multi-vehicle wrecks can be especially dangerous because of the number of vehicles involved. Damage to the vehicle along with the victim’s injuries can be more severe. While accidents can simply happen, there are some common causes of multi-vehicle wrecks:
- Speeding — If a driver is speeding on the road, it can be difficult for them to adapt to sudden changes in traffic. This can result in multiple vehicles being hit or affected.
- Road hazards — Hazards on the road, such as potholes, uneven pavement, or construction zones, can cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle and create a chain reaction in traffic.
- Distracted driving — A driver who is distracted by their phone, GPS, food, or other passengers is not fully alert to possible changes in traffic.
- Sudden stops in traffic — If a car comes to a sudden stop on the road, or traffic is backed up around a curve, drivers may not have enough time to react. This can result in a domino effect of rear-end collisions.
- Hazardous weather conditions — Rain, snow, ice, and fog can all make it difficult for drivers to have a clear view of the road. These hazardous conditions can lead to multi-vehicle pile-ups if others can’t see what’s ahead.
Staying fully alert and present when you’re behind the wheel can help you adjust to sudden changes in traffic. To do this, make sure you put all distractions away and be on the lookout for possible roadway hazards and changes.