• November 14, 2023

Amanda Smith Killed, Freda Easley, Kefyalew Jaleta Injured in 18-wheeler Accident on I-30 in Mesquite, TX

UPDATE (November 16, 2023): Authorities identified the victims in the crash, adding that one of them has since passed away. They say 50-year-old Amanda Smith was one of the critically injured patients transported from the scene. She reportedly succumbed to her injuries Wednesday morning. The other seriously injured person was identified as 74-year-old Freda Easley, and the third victim was identified as 37-year-old Kefyalew Jaleta. Right now, the cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Mesquite, TX — November 13, 2023, three people were injured following a multi-vehicle 18-wheeler accident at around 12:42 p.m. on I-30.

According to preliminary details reported to the public, the crash happened along both directions of the interstate in the area of Gus Thomasson Road.

Amanda Smith Killed, Freda Easley, Kefyalew Jaleta Injured in 18-wheeler Accident in Mesquite, TX

Officials have yet to report a particular cause for the crash, however they stated that it began after an 18-wheeler somehow hit the center barrier and overturned. A chain reaction crash involving multiple other vehicles then ensued. Due to this, at least two people reportedly had critical injuries and a third was hospitalized with unspecified injuries. It's unclear if there were any other injuries.

Given the chaotic scene shown in pictures of this crash site, it doesn't really surprise me that there isn't much information available right now. But at noon, I-30 is going to be pretty busy. Did anyone see this crash who can shed light on what might have caused the 18-wheeler to hit the median? Was it drifting out of its lane? Did a tire blow out? Finding that out will be crucial for those affected by this crash.

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