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1 Dead in Fiery Semi Accident

Alexandrea Messner12 months ago

An accident on Wednesday afternoon involving an 18-wheeler and an SUV resulted in an explosion and has left one person dead.

Details of the Fatal Trucking Accident

According to the WFAA, an 18-wheeler was struck head on by a Chevy SUV which had crossed over the center line. The 18-wheeler had been traveling eastbound on FM 1446 near Waxahachie, Texas.

The collision caused both vehicles to burst into flames and immediately killed the driver of the SUV. The semi driver, however, was uninjured.

The identity of the SUV driver has not been released. The semi reportedly was run by Magnablend, an oilfield chemical manufacturer based in Waxahachie.

A nearby pasture was also damaged when flames from the explosion spread and burned about 20 acres.

The service road is expected to be closed for some time as police and crews work to remove the wreckage.

National Trucking Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA):

  • In 2012, 3,802 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes, a 5-percent increase from 2011. Large truck and bus fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled by all motor vehicles increased by 3 percent, from 0.137 in 2011 to 0.141 in 2012.
  • For 2.1 percent of large truck drivers in fatal crashes in 2012, the blood alcohol concentration was 0.08 grams per deciliter or more, compared with 22.8 percent of passenger vehicle drivers. Alcohol was detected in the blood of 3.5 percent of large truck drivers in fatal crashes in 2012, compared with 26.3 percent of passenger vehicle drivers.
  • Between 2011 and 2012, the number of large trucks involved in injury crashes increased by 22 percent, from 63,000 to 77,000, and the vehicle involvement rate for large trucks in injury crashes increased by 22 percent.

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