Two Injured in Multi-Vehicle Crash on US-80 in Sunnyvale, TX
Sunnyvale, TX — December 1, 2022, a 57-year-old man was seriously injured in a multi-vehicle accident involving a big rig on U.S. Highway 80 in Sunnyvale.
Authorities say the incident happened around 10:50 a.m. on US-80 East near Planters Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a Volvo 18-wheeler, a GMC Sierra pickup, a Mitsubishi Outlander SUV, and a Ram ProMaster 1500 van were traveling east on the highway when they approached slowed traffic ahead.
Investigators believe the truck driver failed to slow in time and struck the rear-right of the Sierra, pushing it off the road. The big rig then hit the nearby Mitsubishi, pushing it off the road as well and causing it to overturn. Debris from the collisions hit the nearby Ram van.
A passenger in the Outlander was seriously injured in the crash. Its driver, 77-year-old Betsy Diorio, reportedly received minor injuries. No other injuries were reported.
No further information is currently available.
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