Details of the Texas Pile-Up
What started as a two-car crash on Highway 84 in Lubbock County worsened when an eastbound semi-truck jackknifed and slid into the scene as police investigated. This caused several more vehicles to then crash, due to a dense fog advisory which was present at the time of the accident.
A video, shot by KCBD photographer Caleb Holder, shows yet another 18-wheeler, which jackknifed to avoid a red SUV changing lanes, swerve off the road and strike several vehicles in its path.
Police had to scramble to avoid being hit in the commotion, but one Texas state trooper was hit and another was victim was pinned inside their truck. Both victims were taken to a local hospital and are expected to survive.
In total, there were five crashes involving four smaller vehicles and four tractor-trailers. The fog caused about a quarter mile or less of visibility. Drivers were advised to slow down in these conditions to avoid accidents.
Trucking Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2017:
- More than 11 million large trucks were registered in the United States
- An estimated 433,000 police-reported traffic crashes occurred involving large trucks
- 4,761 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks
- Large trucks accounted for nine percent of all vehicles involved in fatal accidents
- Of the fatalities that occurred in large truck crashes in 2017, 82 percent were occupants of other vehicles or non-occupants, such as pedestrians or bicyclists
- About one out of every four fatal crashes involving a large truck occurs on an interstate highway
- States with the most fatalities in traffic crashes involving large trucks:
- Texas — 649
- California — 361
- Florida — 292
- Georgia — 214
- Pennsylvania — 167
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