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One Dead in Merkel Motorcycle Accident

Officials are investigating a fatal motorcycle accident that occurred in Merkel Texas

Details of the Fatal Motorcycle Accident

Accordign to KTXS, a 62-year-old Brownfield man died Wednesday while riding a motorcycle when he collided with an 18-wheeler on Interstate 20.

The motorcyclist, identified as Lee Saenz, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Merkel Police responded to the scene – at mile marker 271 on I-20 – at 10:54 a.m. The incident still remains under investigation and it remains to be seen whether speed, drugs, or alcohol played a factor in the accident.

Texas Motorcycle Accident Statistics

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

  • 3,531 people were killed in motor vehicle accident in Texas in 2015, marking little change from the 3,536 deaths reported in 2014.
  • Of those killed, 459 were motorcyclists.
  • Investigators determined that 52 percent of motorcyclists killed were not wearing a helmet at the time of their accident.

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