Since the first of May, there have been 17 serious wrecks involving 18-wheelers in the state of Texas. A total of 4 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.
North of Dallas Fatality Caused by 18-Wheeler
May 3 rd, 2015, Tyler, Texas— The Department of Public Safety has identified the person killed after a wreck on I-20 early Sunday morning. Qiang Pei, 48, of Little Elm, north of Dallas, was driving westbound on I-20 near exit 575 in Winona around 4 a.m. in a Honda Odyssey, when he lost control of his vehicle and was ejected into the middle of the road. An 18-wheeler, driven by Bruce Leisten, 54, of Anderson, South Carolina, then collided with the vehicle and ran over Pei, coming to a stop after colliding with a concrete divider in the median. Pei was pronounced dead at the scene. Leisten was taken to ETMC in Tyler, where his condition is not known.
Fiery Wreck Involving Tractor Trailer
May 4 th, 2015, Brownwood, Texas— According to BrownwoodNews.com, Dr. Don Bostic, the Executive Vice President of Ranger College in Brownwood, Texas, lost his life in a fiery wreck involving an 18-wheeler. They report law enforcement and EMS responded to a two-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 183 North near the intersection of County Road 339 around 4:45 p.m. on Friday, May 1st. When they arrived, they discovered an 18-wheeler sustained heavy front-end damage during a crash with another car that burst into flames upon impact of the accident, killing the driver, Dr. Bostic, inside.
Highway Shutdown Caused by Wrong Way Driver
May 9 th, 2015, Lubbock, Texas— Parker Weber, a 17-year-old boy, died after his car crossed the I-27 median and collided with a tractor-trailer truck causing a fiery crash Saturday evening that shut down the highway for hours. The car was so badly damaged it took hours to determine if there were one or two people inside. The crash happened before 7 p.m. in the southbound lanes of the freeway near 50th Street. “A 2009 Mercedes SL350 2-door passenger car had been traveling northbound on I-27 main lanes,” said a Sunday morning release from the Lubbock Police Department. “A 2014 Daimler semi-truck and trailer was southbound on I-27. For an unknown reason, the Mercedes crossed the center median into on-coming traffic and collided with the semi-truck.”
Corpus Christi Multi-Vehicle Truck Crash
May 18 th, 2015, Corpus Christi, Texas— One person has died following a multi-vehicle crash in Ben Bolt. It happened around 5 AM Monday on the southbound side of Highway 281. Investigators say the driver of an 18-wheeler was killed when he slammed into the guardrail after trying to avoid debris in the roadway. A second big rig slammed into the rear of the first trailer and caught on fire. The driver of the second rig and two other drivers were sent to the hospital after hitting debris. Southbound traffic is re-routed onto the northbound side. DPS is investigating.
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.