Leota Mullins, Alana McCullough, Four Injured in Multi-Truck Accident on I-20 in Van Zandt County, TX
Van Zandt County, TX — April 26, 2023, Leota Mullins, Alana McCullough, and four others were injured in a five-vehicle, including two 18-wheelers, accident around 6:20 p.m. on I-20 in Van Zandt County.
Sources report a 2021 Peterbilt tractor-trailer, a Leota Mullins's Nissan Sentra, a Mazda sedan, Alana McCullough's Lexus RX 350, and a 2019 Peterbilt tractor-trailer were all headed east on I-20 prior to the accident.
This section of the I-20 is a two-lane highway. Officials say the 2021 Peterbilt was in the inner, left lane. In the outer, right lane officials report the 2019 Peterbilt was first, followed by Ms. McCullough's Lexus RX 350. Next in line was the Mazda sedan, and last in the right lane was Ms. Mullins's Nissan Sentra.
All vehicles in the right lane were reportedly slowing due to traffic but the 2021 Peterbilt in the left lane allegedly failed to control its speed. In order to avoid rear-ending other vehicles in the left lane the 2021 Peterbilt purportedly attempted to brake while entering into a shoulder on the road.
The 2021 semi-truck maneuver reportedly forced the trailer it was pulling to strike Ms. Mullins's Nissan Sentra, which then sent the Sentra off the road toward its passenger side into a ditch.
The 2021 Peterbilt reportedly still trying to stop then collided with the rear of the Mazda sedan, and this created a chain reaction crash. The Mazda allegedly went forward into Ms. McCullough's Lexus RX 350 and then the RX 350 rear-ended the 2019 Peterbilt. Additionally, officials report the Mazda and Lexus RX 350 were sent into a clockwise spin. These two vehicles reportedly came to a rest facing south in the right lane. Both semi-trucks stopped on the right shoulder.
Leota Mullins reportedly suffered serious injuries and a passenger in her Sentra suffered minor injuries.
The driver of the Mazda purportedly suffered serious injuries, and there were no passengers in that vehicle.
Alana McCullough reportedly suffered minor injuries and her passenger suffered serious injuries.
The truck driver of the 2019 Peterbilt may have suffered possible injuries.
The 2021 Peterbilt driver was reportedly uninjured. Police recommended charging him with failure to control speed.