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2 Galveston Teenagers Killed in Garbage Truck Accident

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

Two teenagers were fatally injured in Galveston Friday morning when their vehicle collided with a garbage truck.

About the Fatal Galveston Garbage Truck Accident

According to KPRC Houston, Ball High School students Chris Ragle and Gabriella Giles were both pronounced dead at the scene Friday morning when the Ford F-150 they were traveling in slammed into a garbage truck around 5:45 am.

Early reports indicate Ragle was traveling in the eastbound lane of Stewart Road when he lost control and veered into the westbound lane of traffic. A Republic Services truck struck the passenger side of the pickup.

The two students were juniors at Ball High School and were involved in the school’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program – they were on their way to school to work on a science project when the incident occurred.

Authorities are investigating the accident.

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 Texas in 2013.
  • 232,041 people sustained injuries with 65,539 people suffering a serious injury.
  • 55.76% of traffic fatalities occurred in rural areas and 523 deaths were attributed to head on collisions.
  • TxDOT estimates one person was killed every 2 hours and 36 minutes, and one person was injured every 2 minutes and 16 seconds.


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