Tanika Adams, 26, traveled westbound on Interstate 10 hauling a trailer behind her Volkswagen Tiguan near mile marker 144. The trailer detached from her vehicle in the outside lane of the highway. Vineeth Keesara, 25, pulled over to assist the woman with moving the trailer off the road. At approximately 1:00 a.m. local time, a semi-truck crashed into the trailer and the Volkswagen after failing to swerve around it.
KATC reports that the 18-wheeler struck the two pedestrians during the collision. Keesara suffered from fatal injuries and died at the scene of the crash. Adams received treatment for critical injuries at a local hospital.
Officials say the truck driver was not impaired at the time of fatal wreck, reports KATC. The driver also received treatment at a local hospital for undisclosed injuries.
The following information regarding large-truck crashes is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):