One person is dead following an 18-wheeler crash on Interstate 35 in Salado.
Details of the Fatal 18-Wheeler Accident
According to KWTX, the fatal crash occurred around 4:00 pm Wednesday when a 2012 Ford F-150 struck an 18-wheeler that was broken down on the right shoulder of Interstate 35.
The pickup became wedged underneath the 18-wheeler’s trailer with the driver, 44-year-old Robert Daniel Taylor, pinned inside. Firefighters were able to free Taylor, but he died at the scene.
Lanes of I-35 were closed as the scene was cleared. The accident remains under investigation.
Texas 18-Wheeler Accident Statistics
The following information was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- 4,951 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks in the United States in 2018, marking a 1-percent increase from 2017.
- Of those killed in traffic accidents involving large trucks:
- 71 percent were occupants of passenger vehicles
- 18 percent were occupants of large trucks
- 11 percent were pedestrians or bicyclists
- 77 percent of fatal crashes involving large trucks occurred on weekdays
- An additional 151,000 people were injured in trucking accidents in 2018, marking a 2-percent increase over 2017.
- Texas led the country in trucking accident deaths with 664 fatalities recorded. Texas was followed by California with 352 deaths and Florida with 321 deaths.
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