Since the first of July, there have been 18 serious wrecks involving 18-wheelers in the state of Texas. A total of 12 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.
- July 7th, 2015. Dallas, TX— Dallas police said a fatal collision involving two 18-wheelers and a motorcycle shut down Interstate 30 for several hours Tuesday morning. Authorities confirmed they closed eastbound I-30 before Lamar Street following the crash just before 4 a.m. The section of interstate reopened just before 8 a.m. Dallas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Raul Reyna said one of the 18-wheelers ran over the motorcycle driver after the motorcyclist lost control and crashed. The body was found near the rear tires of one of the 18-wheelers. Crews removed the vehicles involved in the crash by 5:15 a.m. A hazmat team finished cleaning the road just after 7:45 a.m.
- July 14th, 2015. Austin, TX– A portion of eastbound U.S. Highway 290 in Northeast Austin has reopened after being shut down for some time Tuesday morning when an 18-wheeler hit and killed a woman walking on an exit lane. Police say the driver of the 18-wheeler hit the woman late Monday night as he was taking the Tuscany Way exit. They say he then crashed into a pillar. EMS medics rushed the woman, who was in her 30s, to University of Medical Center Brackenridge, where she was pronounced dead.The truck driver, a man in his 40s, was also taken to UMCB. He has life-threatening injuries.
- July 15th, 2015. Coryell County, TX— A Temple-area man died early Wednesday when his SUV collided head-on with an 18-wheeler on State Highway 36 near Flat in Coryell County. The accident happened at around 2 a.m. Wednesday as the man pulled into the path of the westbound truck as he attempted to pass other eastbound vehicles, Department of Public Safety Senior Trooper Harpin Meyers said. The driver of the 18-wheeler was treated at the scene for minor injuries. The victim’s name wasn’t immediately released.
- July 16th, 2015. San Antonio, TX– A fatal crash involving a car and an 18-wheeler shut down southbound Interstate 35 at Rittiman Road on the Northeast Side for nearly five hours Thursday. Emergency crews were dispatched to the interstate between Rittiman and Loop 410 around 9:30 a.m. after receiving reports of the crash. A man driving an 18-wheeler in the center lane heading southbound noticed a small car to his right before the crash, police said. When the driver came to a stop, he found a Chevrolet Cobalt wedged under the trailer. The driver of the car, identified by the Bexar County Medical Examiner as Michael Hill, 61, was pronounced dead at the scene.
- July 17th, 2015. Baytown, TX– A driver going the wrong way on I-10 crashed into a big rig and was killed overnight, according to Baytown police. According to Baytown police, a 21-year-old man was driving a white Honda Civic the wrong way on the westbound lanes of I-10 around 2:15 a.m. Friday when he hit a tractor trailer in the center lane on the Wade Road overpass. The Civic driver was ejected and hit by other motorists. The vehicle was trapped underneath the 18-wheeler as a result of the wreck. The big rig driver was not injured.
- July 23rd, 2015. Fort Worth, TX– A crash on a major Fort Worth highway left one person dead and lanes of traffic closed Thursday morning. The accident, involving an SUV and an 18-wheeler, happened along Interstate-30, near Montgomery. Just after 6:00 Thursday morning, a wrecker was at the scene and working to get the big rig towed. Until the tractor-trailer can be moved two lanes of I-30 remain closed. The SUV involved was towed earlier. Police say it was that driver who slammed into the back of the 18-wheeler. The semi was parked on the shoulder of the highway at the time. The driver of the SUV died at the scene. It’s not clear if that person was speeding or if alcohol may have been a factor. Investigators are working to answer those questions and also figure out why the 18-wheeler was stopped on the side of the highway.
- July 24th, 2015. Guadalupe County, TX– A New Braunfels woman was killed after her SUV struck an 18-wheeler Thursday morning. The wreck happened about 9:45 a.m. on State Highway 123 North between Old Seguin Road and Farm to Market Road 1979. Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers said both vehicles were heading north on Hwy 123 when the driver of the truck, identified as Warren Kutscher, of Seguin, had stopped to make a turn left into his lot. The driver of the Ford Expedition, who has been identified as Candice Smith, 32, was traveling north in the inside lane and apparently saw the truck and attempted to swerve to the right to avoid a collision but was unable to, according to troopers at the scene. Troopers said the SUV struck the back of the 18-wheeler, veered off to the right and hit the guardrail. The Expedition then bounced off the railing and continuing to skid north on the highway, coming to a stop in front of the stopped tractor-trailer, the trooper said.
- July 24th, 2015. Austin, TX– An early morning crash between an 18-wheeler and a pickup truck killed a woman and a teenage girl, and critically injured five others. The collision happened at about 1:30 a.m. in the 8200 block of I-35, near Rutherford Lane. Austin-Travis County EMS reports the pickup truck was stopped on the highway for some unknown reason when the 18-wheeler hit it from behind at highway speed. The speed limit in that area is 70 miles per hour. A woman and teen died at the scene. EMS took three other children to Dell Children’s Medical Center with critical injuries. Another adult in critical condition went to University Medical Center Brackenridge. The woman driving the big rig was also hurt, but is expected to recover. All northbound traffic is being diverted off of the interstate at US 183. APD says the lanes may be closed through rush hour traffic. Drivers are encouraged to use MoPac or SH 130 as an alternative. One driver went around the barricades blocking the crash scene. After a short pursuit, officers were able to stop that car.
- July 25th, 2015. Irving, TX– Three firefighters were injured, two people are in custody and the driver of a semi-truck is dead after three separate crashes took place in a matter of minutes Sunday morning. Eastbound Texas Highway 183 was closed between Belt Line Road and Story Road and both directions of the service roads were also closed for several hours while authorities investigate. Westbound Texas 183 opened up after just a few hours of being closed. According to Irving police, a firetruck was stopped on Highway 183 blocking traffic as police waited for a tow truck to remove a pickup involved in a drunken driving crash. The suspected drunken driver fled from his vehicle but was later found and arrested. Police said the second part of the crash occurred when the driver of an 18-wheeler slammed into the back of the firetruck, causing it to spin 180-degrees and roll onto its side, injuring three firefighters in the process.
- July 27th, 2015. Fort Worth, TX– Police say a motorist who died in an accident Monday may have driven through a stop sign before colliding with an 18-wheeler. Police said the driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene. The motorist was identified as Andrew Yau, 49, of Frisco, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s website on Tuesday. A second person was taken to a local hospital, MedStar spokesman Matt Zavadsky said Monday. The crash occurred shortly before 2 p.m. at Old Denton Road and Alliance Gateway Freeway. The car went through the intersection and was T-boned by the semi-truck, police said. Police did not release any other details.
- July 28th, 2015. Mesquite, TX– A woman pedestrian died after being hit by an 18-wheeler while trying to cross Interstate 30 in Mesquite early Tuesday. Police received a call at approximately 2:23 a.m. regarding a major accident on I-30. Upon arrival, officers discovered Ashley Renee Bare, 24, of Florida, had been struck by an 18-wheeler while she was trying to cross the freeway. The accident occurred in the 3600 block of I-30. “She was traveling north and had made it across the westbound lanes and was struck trying to cross the eastbound lanes,” said Sgt. Joe Smith, Mesquite PD spokesman.
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.