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Man Dies Hours After Appearing OK at Scene of Trucking Accident

According to the Dallas Morning News, a 22-year-old died several hours after a trucking accident. Officials say he appeared okay at the scene and was initially taken to the hospital as a precaution.

About the Crash and Resulting Death

The fatal crash occurred around 1:20 am Friday when the 22-year-old failed to stop at a flashing red light in Red Bird and was struck by an 18-wheeler.

The driver appeared uninjured at the scene, but responders recommended he be taken to an area hospital as a precaution. He died of internal bleeding at 5:45 am.

A passenger in the 22-year-old’s car sustained a fractured hip.

The accident is still under investigation.

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.

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