Vega, TX — Last last Friday morning, November 22, a fatal multi-vehicle accident happened on I-40 that left 11 people injured and 3 dead. Police were able to identify Tracy Jones, 42, from California as a passenger in a Toyota Prius who was killed when she and the driver, 19-year old Guy Jones, were involved in the accident.

Though the details are still being sorted out, it appears that an 18-wheeler lost control on an icy I-40 at about 11:40 a.m. last Friday and jackknifed. The Jones’ Prius and a Chevrolet van crashed into the overturned truck, police said, and then a second 18-wheeler crashed into the wreckage.

The first 18-wheeler was driven by Sarah Gregory and the second 18-wheeler was driven by Ferrar Santiago, who was injured. Tracy Jones and a man in the Chevrolet van were both killed in the accident. Guy Jones, 19, and Sadee Jones, 13, were also injured by the wreck along with 5 others in the Chevrolet van – Alma Perales, 46; Noah Perales, 15, Guillermo Vasquez, 75; William Vasquez, 56; and Alma Vasquez, 72.

Moments after the first collision, a number of other vehicle were involved in the accident as well. An unnamed man stepped out of his vehicle, police said, and was killed after another car struck him.

Police are still investigating the accident and have identified the following as the remaining injured: Clayton Ireton, 27; Fred Sannicolas, 47; and Ondre Reynolds, 39.

Approximate Site of the Accident

Commentary:

This is a very tricky situation because there are so many vehicles involved. Under normal circumstances, each driver is liable for their own speed in a pileup accident. Most would argue that you’re supposed to leave enough room and drive a safe enough speed per the conditions that, should a car jackknife or brake hard, you would have enough time to safely slow down. As a counterpoint, however, an 18-wheeler that jackknifes on an interstate is unpredictable at the very least. Someone driving beside the 18-wheeler may be traveling at a safe distance and speed, but if the truck jackknifes and takes up all the lanes, how can the driver of the smaller car be considered responsible? I wasn’t there at the scene of the accident, so I don’t know exactly how the wreck happened, but I would venture to guess that the second 18-wheeler was following too closely and driving too fast to slow down in time when he crashed into the wreckage.

 

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