Since the first of March, there have been 24 serious wrecks involving 18-wheelers in the state of Texas. A total of 6 people were killed as a result of these wrecks, while many more were hurt and millions of dollars in property damage was accrued. Below is a summary of the most serious wrecks.
- March 2, 2015, San Marcos, TX- A school bus carrying students from Travis Elementary School was rear ended by a semi-truck on Monday evening. The bus had stopped to unload children when it was struck by the semi-truck, according to officials from the San Marcos consolidated school district. There were 11 students inside the bus along with a monitor and the bus driver. Six of those students were taken by ambulance to Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos along with the bus driver and monitor, the school district said. Four other students were taken to the hospital on a relief bus carrying an emergency medical technician. Parents were also on board that bus. One student was released to parents, the district said.
- March 5, 2015, Lumberton, TX- Police on Thursday identified a Beaumont man killed in a Wednesday crash on U.S. 69 in Lumberton as 47-year-old Robert Dale Powers. According to officers at the scene, the crash happened at 9 a.m. near Jordan Drive. Powers, the driver of the Lexus, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured, according to Lumberton Fire Chief Robert Simonson. Lumberton Police Chief Danny Sullins said he did not believe speed was a factor in the crash. He speculated that Powers swerved out of his lane for an unknown reason into on-coming traffic.
- March 9, 2015, Orange County, TX– A 2014 Chevrolet pickup truck was traveling southbound in the inside lane on Highway 62. A 1995 Freightliner truck tractor semi-trailer pulled out from the Pilot gas station attempting to make a left turn (north) onto Highway 62. The truck tractor struck the Chevrolet pickup truck. The driver of the Chevrolet pickup truck, April Ranolls died at the crash scene.
- March 17, 2015, Dallas, TX- A fatal crash this morning on northbound Stemmons Freeway slowed traffic to a crawl through downtown Dallas. The accident happened shortly before 5 a.m. when the driver of a pickup lost control near the Oak Lawn exit and veered into the path of a tractor-trailer. The collision mangled the pickup and sent it flying onto the shoulder, while the semi crashed through a guardrail and its payload rolled onto its side. One person in the pickup died, and three others were hospitalized. Their conditions were not known.
- March 26, 2015, Salado, TX- One person was killed and three others were injured when an 18-wheeler smashed into a bridge on Interstate 35 on Thursday morning in Salado. The event caused two beams to dislodge and fall onto the highway hitting several vehicles and closing the highway in both directions. Clark Davis, a 32-year-old Arlington man who was driving a pickup truck on which the beams fell died at the scene, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. The other victims were taken to Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Temple with what authorities said were non-life-threatening injuries, but further details weren’t immediately available. Late Thursday afternoon officials said two of the injured victims had been released from the hospital.
Remember, if you are involved in a truck wreck, the first thing you should do is assess your health and call 911 if you or someone else involved in the accident has been injured. After making certain that necessary medical needs have been met, immediately call a lawyer from the Parker Law Firm. We specialize in big rig wrecks and will diligently seek all of the facts regarding the wreck to ensure that you and your loved ones are fairly represented and receive the compensation that you deserve. 18-wheeler wrecks happen every day and the damage done almost always results in stacks of medical bills. It is our job to make sure that those bills are paid by those responsible, not those injured by the recklessness and negligence of big rig operators. At the Parker Law Firm, people matter. We fight tooth and nail for the truth, and we will make sure that you are made whole so that you can move on to a happy and healthy life.