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Man Killed After Car Falls from Trailer and into Oncoming Traffic

A man was fatally injured Wednesday evening after a car fell from a trailer and into the path of oncoming traffic.

Details of the Tragic Accident

According to the Tyler Morning Telegraph, John Turner, 33, was killed after his vehicle collided with a Ford Mustang that fell from a trailer being towed by a Ford truck. Two other passengers in Turner’s vehicle were transported to the hospital.

The crash occurred around 7:30 pm on Loop 49, just north of Highway 64.

Authorities are investigating several aspects of the accident, including whether the Mustang was properly secured. It is unclear if the driver of the Ford truck will face charges.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,531 people were killed in auto accidents in Texas in 2015 – an average of one death every 2 hours and 29 minutes.
  • 1,925 of those deaths were attributed to crashes that occurred in rural areas of the state, and 581 deaths were the result of head-on collisions.
  • An additional 246,335 people were injured in traffic accidents in Texas in 2015 with 17,011 people suffering serious injuries.
  • On average, a reportable crash occurred every 61 seconds in 2015.

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