1 Dead, Several Injured in Hardin County Car Crash

Car Crash

12 News Now reports that one driver was killed and one driver was seriously injured Friday morning in a three-vehicle wreck in Hardin County, Texas.

About the Fatal Car Crash

According to a release from the Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Stephanie Davis, Stacy James Howard, 46, of Dayton, was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct Four Justice of the Peace Kent Walker.

The accident happened at approximately 6:45 a.m. on Highway 105 about five miles west of Sour Lake. The Isuzu SUV that Howard was driving stopped in the westbound lanes as he waited to make a left turn. As Howard waited at the intersection, his vehicle was struck from behind by a Chevrolet passenger car. The impact pushed the Isuzu the eastbound lane where the vehicle was struck by an oncoming Chevrolet SUV.

The driver of the passenger car said that she received minor injuries. The driver of the Chevrolet SUV was airlifted to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital with grave injuries. Four children who were present in the SUV were taken by the ambulance with non-life threatening injuries, according to the release.

Texas Car Crash Statistics

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

  • 3,534 people were killed in auto accidents in 2014 – a 3.7 percent increase over the 3,408 deaths reported in 2013.
  • 823 of the deaths recorded in 2014 were reported to have occurred at or in relation to an intersection.
  • An additional 237,941 people were injured in auto accidents in 2014 with 17,152 people suffering an incapacitating injury.
  • A reportable crash was estimated to have occurred in Texas every 66 seconds in 2014.
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