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1 Dead in San Marcos Accident

Destiny Baker2 years ago

One man is dead following a freak accident on Interstate 35 in San Marcos, Texas.

Details of the Fatal Accident

FOX 29 reports 20-year-old Martin Valdivia Jr. of San Antonio was fatally injured after being struck by a vehicle as he attempted to clear a wooden tool box of the road.

Valdivia Jr. and is father were traveling behind a trailer around 6:00 a.m. Monday when a wooden toolbox fell from the trailer, landing in the northbound lanes of Interstate 35.

Valdivia Jr. and his father, Martin Valdivia Sr., pulled to the right shoulder of the road and exited their vehicle to move the tool box off of the highway. Both were struck by a Chevrolet Tahoe as it attempted to avoid the tool box.

Authorities arrived to the scene to find Valdivia Jr. dead. Valdivia Sr. was transported to Central Texas Medical Center for treatment.

Authorities are still investigating the incident.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,377 people were killed in auto accidents in 2013 – a 1.05-percent decrease from the 3,413 deaths recorded in 2012.
  • Another 232,041 people were injured in auto accidents in 2013 with 89,270 people reporting serious injuries.
  • Based on available crash data for 2013, TxDOT estimates:
    • One person was killed in an auto accident in Texas every 2 hours and 36 minutes.
    • One person was injured every 2 minutes and 16 seconds.
    • A reportable crash occurred every 71 seconds.

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