San Antonio Man Killed in Collision with 18-Wheeler

One man is dead following a trucking accident in San Antonio on the southwest side of the city on Monday.

Details about the Fatal 18-Wheeler Accident

News 4 San Antonio is reporting that the tractor-trailer accident happened at about 2 p.m. on Monday afternoon on the 8400 block of New Laredo Highway.

According to police, the driver of a Chevy Suburban tried to turn in front of an 18-wheeler that was heading north. Even though the 18-wheeler tried to avoid hitting the Suburban, they nearly collided head-on. The 18-wheeler then rolled onto the side of the highway.

The victim has been identified by the police as 30-year-old Gilberto Beltran. The victim was taken to University Hospital where he later died from the injuries he suffered in the accident.

The driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured in the accident, and, at this time, no criminal charges are expected to be filed against the driver.

Important Information about 18-Wheeler Accidents

According to the National highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • In 2012 alone, there were 3,921 people that were killed and another 104,000 people injured in accidents involving large trucks.
  • Fatalities in accidents involving large trucks increased about 4 percent from 2011-2012.
  • In 2012, large trucks counted for about 4 percent of all registered vehicles in the United States.
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