Rockwall, TX Driver Dead in 18-wheeler Accident on I-30
Rockwall, TX -- February 11, 2017, a person suffered fatal injuries following an accident in which his pickup was hit by an 18-wheeler after a crash.
Rockwell emergency services responded to the westbound lanes of I-30 on the edge of Lake Ray Hubbard. The accident happened sometime in the afternoon hours.
According to preliminary reports, a Chevy 1500 pickup was traveling westbound on the interstate. For reasons that are not entirely clear, the pickup lost control and swerved left across traffic lanes, crashing into the concrete barrier. Some moments after this, the pickup was struck on its driver side by an 18-wheeler.
The driver of the pickup was fatally injured in the collision and died at the scene. The truck driver was not injured.
At this time, police have not confirmed the cause of the accident. Investigations are ongoing.
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I haven't seen many details posted about this accident, though some sources have recounted witness testimony that the pickup's rear axle was dangerously shaking leading up to the initial crash. It's possible that some sort of mechanical defect or botched repair job could be the cause of that incident.
It's also important that investigators determine how much time passed between the pickup crashing and the 18-wheeler hitting the pickup. Regardless of what caused the pickup to crash, truck drivers must take any possible measures to avoid an accident. There are many scenarios where truck drivers simply don't have enough time or space to move a 40 ton vehicle out of the way, but there are also plenty of examples of truck drivers failing to react in time due to speeding, being distracted, or otherwise driving dangerously. This can result in a minor or moderate injury accident becoming a fatal one, and any driver causing that sort of damage needs to face consequences.
Whatever the case, further investigations need to be done to determine what exactly happened here.
--Grossman Law Offices