Four Killed in West Texas Crash, Driver Fatigue Considered a Factor
Four people were killed Saturday following a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 10 near Ozona, Texas.
Details of the Fatal Texas Crash
According to KXAN, the chain reaction accident began when a vehicle driven by 32-year-old Jessica Marciano of Torrington, Connecticut overturned in the eastbound lanes of the interstate.
Marciano escaped the wreckage and was sitting on her vehicle when the car was struck by an approaching tractor-trailer. Marciano was killed in the collision.
The 18-wheeler then veered into the westbound lanes and struck an oncoming car. The driver of the second car, Izaguirre Isael, 54, as well as two of his passengers were pronounced dead at the scne.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was transported to a nearby hospital.
Authorities believe Marciano fell asleep behind the wheel, causing her car to drift and overturn.
Texas Trucking Accident Statistics
The following information was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA):
- 438,000 trucking accidents were recorded in the U.S. in 2014, resulting in 3,903 deaths and 111,000 injuries.
- Of those killed in trucking accidents:
- 17 percent were occupants of large trucks
- 73 percent were occupants of other vehicles
- 10 percent were listed as nonoccupants, including bicyclists and pedestrians
- Texas led the nation in trucking accident fatalities with 553 trucking-related deaths reported. California followed Texas with 300 recorded deaths.