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One Killed in Austin 18-Wheeler Crash


Authorities are investigating a fatal 18-wheeler crash in Austin that left one person dead on Monday.

Details of the Austin Trucking Accident

According to the KXAN, the fatal trucking accident occurred around noon near the intersection of Airport Boulevard and Manor Road.

Preliminary reports suggest the 18-wheeler was stopped at a red light when an SUV traveling at a high rate of speed crashed into the back of the semi. The female driver of the SUV was transported to University Medical Center Brackenridge where she later died.

There were on other occupants in the SUV, and the driver of the 18-wheeler was uninjured. The accident remains under investigation.

Texas 18-Wheeler Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 438,000 trucking accidents were recorded in the U.S. in 2014, resulting in 3,903 deaths and 111,000 injuries.
  • Of those killed in trucking accidents:
    • 17 percent were occupants of large trucks
    • 73 percent were occupants of other vehicles
    • 10 percent were listed as nonoccupants, including bicyclists and pedestrians
  • Texas led the nation in trucking accident fatalities with 553 trucking-related deaths reported. California followed Texas with 300 recorded deaths.

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