Woman Dies, Driver Burned on I-35 Semi-Trailer Crash
Posted on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 at 2:40 am
A semi-trailer crashed into a parked dump truck early Wednesday morning on I-35, killing a passenger, according to Bruceville-Eddy police chief Bill Mclean.
The vehicle’s driver was first taken to Hillcrest Baylor Scott and White Medical Center, then later transported to be treated for burns in Parkland Hospital in Dallas.
The passenger is presumed to be the driver’s wife.
A call around 5:20 AM about a multi-vehicle accident near mile marker 317 on I-35 was received by the Bruceville-Eddy Volunteer Fire and Rescue , according to Assistant Chief Gene Sprouse. The semi-trailer was carrying avocados and authorities found the vehicle engulfed in flames, Sprouse said.
It is yet to be determined if anyone was inside the dump truck.
TxDOT officials said that the inside lane through Bruceville-Eddy is open and stacked-up traffic is slowly getting through. Crews were still working to re-open the middle lane. “The outside lane will remain closed several hours longer to allow crews to replace the crash cushion at the crash site,” TxDOT said.
The left lane was temporarily opened to allow drivers to pass via the northbound lanes, but the 319 exit ramp is still closed. Traffic has slowly gone back to normal as one lane was opened after 11 AM.
The extent of the damage caused by the accident is yet to be known.
Car Crash Resulted in a Fire on Northeast Loop
A similar incident in Haltom City involving four people on the Northeast Loop 820, caused one person’s death and three injured.
The person who died in the incident was 59-year-old Humberto Morales of Fort Worth. His death is awaiting autopsy, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s website.
Of the three people hurt, two were treated for their injuries while one person was taken to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth.
Highway Accidents in Texas
The Texas Motor Vehicle Traffic statewide reports indicate that undivided four or more lanes are more prone to collisions and similar road accidents in both rural and urban areas. The State Highway has the highest rate in accidents, in urban locations while Farm-to-Market highway system accidents occur more in rural areas.
Traffic accidents usually occur in urban areas, with Houston leading a total of 12.8% collisions in the state. San Antonio came in second (8.37%), with Dallas in third.
The primary contributors to these collisions are:
- Distracted driving
- Failure to drive in a single lane
- Following too closely
Texas Cities with the Most Fatalities
3. San Antonio
4. Fort Worth
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