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New Details Released in Weslaco Expressway Crash


New details have been released in fatal crash that left one person dead and at least one other person injured in Weslaco on Thursday.

Victims of Weslaco Crash Identified

According to The Monitor, Priscilla Ann Jimenez-Trejo, 42, was fatally injured Thursday morning when a vehicle struck her and her son as they stood on the shoulder of Expressway 83.

Reports indicate Jimenez-Trejo was standing with her son on the shoulder of the expressway following a minor accident with two other vehicles. At around 7:25 am, a  fourth vehicle veered right and struck on of the cars involved in the first accident, creating a chain-reaction that left Jimenez-Trejo dead and her 11-year-old son pinned between two vehicles.

Officials have not determined what caused the fourth vehicle to crash into the site of the previous accident, but did confirm that all occupants had exited their vehicles and were waiting on authorities

All occupants involved were transported to local hospitals; however, it is unclear if they sustained any injuries.

Texas Car Crash Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,531 people were killed in traffic accidents in Texas in 2015. This marked little change from the 3,536 deaths recorded in 2014.
  • 1,925 of the fatalities recorded in 2015 occurred in rural areas of the state, and 581 deaths were associated with head-on collisions.
  • An additional 246,335 people were injured in auto accidents in Texas in 2015.
  • Based on reportable crash data for 2015,TxDOT estimates:
    • One person was killed in a traffic accident in Texas every 2 hours and 29 minutes.
    • One person was injured every 2 minutes and 8 seconds.
    • A reportable crash occurred every 61 seconds.

 

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