Two people are injured following a chain-reaction crash in Killeen, TX. The crash occurred on Thursday, May 5, at around 10 p.m.
The Chain-Reaction Crash
On May 5, Killeen Police were dispatched to the 12000 block of South Fort Hood Street after receiving a 911 call about a chain-reaction crash.
According to a preliminary investigation, the driver of a semi-truck pulling a flatbed trailer attempted to back into a parking lot but ended up blocking the way for other vehicles. At that same time, the drivers of a black Kia Sportage and black Nissan Sentra both struck the semi-trailer. Shortly after, a black Mercedes struck the Nissan Sentra from behind.
The driver of the black Mercedes did not report any injuries from the crash. The driver of the Nissan Sentra was taken by EMS to a nearby hospital in serious condition. The driver of the Kia Sportage was air-lifted to a nearby hospital in critical condition. It is unclear whether the driver of the semi-truck was injured at all in the crash.
The Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit is currently investigating the crash.
The Common Causes of Chain-Reaction Crashes
A chain-reaction crash is a crash involving three or more vehicles. This type of pileup crash can result in severe rear-end collisions and extensive vehicle damage. While several factors play into these types of crashes, the common causes of chain-reaction crashes include:
- Aggressive driving — When a driver displays aggressive driving behavior, such as speeding or tailgating, it can be difficult for them to adjust to sudden changes in traffic.
- Distracted driving — A driver who is distracted by their phone, GPS, or other drivers is not fully alert to any changes in the road.
- Driving under the influence — Alcohol and other drugs can greatly inhibit a driver’s ability to maneuver a vehicle.
- Poor weather conditions — Rain, fog, ice, and snow can all create dangerous driving conditions on the road.
- Road hazards — Potholes, construction zones, and uneven pavement can all cause a driver to veer from their lane or lose control of their vehicle.
- Mechanical issues — Flat tires, brake issues, or faulty vehicle parts can all cause a vehicle to lose control on the road.
For a chain-reaction crash to occur, it takes multiple drivers not paying full attention to the road or having a slower reaction time.
While some crashes simply can’t be avoided, drivers can greatly reduce their chance of crashing by eliminating distractions, keeping up with regular vehicle maintenance, and driving at or below the posted speed limit. The next time you get behind the wheel, stay alert to other drivers and any sudden changes in the flow of traffic.