One person is dead and another suffered serious injuries as a result of an 18-wheeler accident in Moore County on Saturday.
Details of the Moore County 18-Wheeler Accident
According to KAMR, the crash occurred Saturday afternoon on U.S. Highway 87, about four miles south of Dumas.
Police say a man was traveling southbound on the highway in a 2003 Freightliner around 12:30 pm when he changed lanes to pass another 18-wheeler. In the process of switching lanes, the driver overcorrected, traveled across the roadway, struck a guardrail then when back over the roadway and struck the opposite guardrail before crashing into a ravine.
The trailer the Freightliner was hauling was separated from the truck and overturned in the left lane of the highway.
The passenger of the truck, Ennie Eisenhauer, 39, of Bryan, Texas was transported to Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo where she later died. The driver, 40, was hospitalized with serious injuries.
Neither the driver nor the passenger was wearing their seatbelts. The accident remains 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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