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2 Killed in Johnson County Trucking Accident

Jasmine Reynolds2 years ago

A Johnson County woman and a woman from Illinois were killed Monday when the van they were riding in was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer

About the Traffic Crash

According to the Burleson Star, the accident occurred around 7:30p.m.

The van, a 2000 Chrysler Town and Country, was traveling East on Farm-To-Market Road 917 when it stopped to make a left turn. The van was then hit by a tractor-trailer owned by Cresson-based 3–Star Daylighting.

The driver of the 18-wheeler, Wesley Lopez of Arlington, 32, failed to control his speed before colliding with the van. The area has a speed limit of 60 mph.

The driver of the van, Crystal Medina of Alvarado, 20, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Two passengers in the van, Imelda Medinademacias, 71, of Alvarado and Silvia Macias, 44, of Chicago, Illinois, were pronounced dead at the scene. 

Traffic Crash Statistics

The following Information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 3,921 people were killed in traffic collisions involving large trucks in 2012.
  • This marks a 4 percent increase from 2011 when 3,781 deaths were recorded.
  • Another 104,000 people were injured in trucking accidents – up 18 percent from the 88,000 injures recorded in 2011.
  • Of those killed in trucking accidents in 2012:
    • 697 were occupants of large trucks.
    • 2,843 were occupants of other vehicles.
    • 381 were nonoccupants, including bicyclists and pedestrians.

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