Authorities in Austin responded to the scene of a fatal trucking accident on Northbound Interstate 35 near 51st Street early Wednesday morning. The crash resulted in lane closures along the interstate.
One Dead, One Critically Injured
According to KXAN, the fatal crash occurred around 2:45 am when a pickup collided with a semi-truck. The pickup became pinned underneath the large truck.
The driver of the pickup was rushed from the scene to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries. The passenger of the pickup was pronounced dead at the scene.
The crash caused closures on Northbound I-35 which remained in place until roughly 8:30 am. Two other semi-trucks were involved in a crash just south of the initial crash as traffic was slowing.
The fatal crash and the second truck accident remain under investigation.
Texas Trucking Accident Facts and Statistics
- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 433,000 accidents involving large trucks reported in 2017.
- 4,761 people were killed in trucking accidents with large trucks accounting for nine percent of all vehicles involved in fatal accidents.
- Of the deaths that occurred in trucking crashes in 2017, only 18 percent were truck drivers. The remaining 82 percent were occupants of other vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
- Texas has remained the state with the most recorded truck accident deaths for years and recorded 649 truck accident fatalities in 2017. California was a distant second with 361 deaths.
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