Strawn, TX — A woman from Cisco was killed on Monday (October 14, 2013) along I-20 in between Ranger and Strawn after her car was in an accident that involved 6 other semi-trucks and two other cars. Police said that Virginia Hutto, 24, was killed when her car was hit by a semi-truck that jackknifed on the wet roadway trying to avoid another crash.
The accident happened near mile marker 359 in the eastbound lanes and the news reports from KTXS said that a total of 9 vehicles were involved. Hutto was killed immediately in the accident and 5 over semi-trucks hauling trailers were said to have been involved.
Texas DPS troopers are still investigating the accident and haven’t determined who was at fault or if any charges are being filed. Traffic remained closed until about 4:00 p.m.
Scene of the Accident
A lot of accidents happen in rainy weather and it’s no secret that rain-slick, oil-covered roads can be tricky to navigate. However, there is really no excuse for a professionally-trained truck driver to not be paying attention to the road in inclement weather. Of course, not all the facts here are present and I don’t want to jump to conclusions. I can say that in my experience with these types of cases, however, driver inattention and speeding are two major causes that ought to be investigated. First, when a driver doesn’t pay attention to the traffic ahead and slams on his brakes, conditions are prime for a jackknife accident. But, it’s common knowledge that accidents sometimes happen that require us to brake hard, which brings me to the second factor. In rainy or wet conditions, drivers are to watch their speed and drive whatever is safe for the present condition – which is the actual language behind our speed limits in Texas. For semi-truck drivers, this is especially important because their braking distance is much greater than, say, a Honda Civic. I have to call into question the judgement of a semi-truck driver who is following to closely and driving too fast to slow down in time for another accident on the roadway. But, ultimately, there may be many factors here that will muddy the waters in terms of finding out if this accident could have been prevented.
— Grossman Law Offices