Semi-Truck Crash Near Austin Intersection Kills One, Injures Another
A single-vehicle collision involving a semi-truck on FM 969 Sunday morning, December 10th, 2023, resulted in one fatality.
KXAN Austin reports a fatal accident near the intersection of Blue Bluff Road and FM 969 in Austin, Texas. One adult lost their life, while another passenger sustained critical injuries and was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center.
Emergency responders from Austin-Travis County EMS arrived on the scene to address the incident. The Texas Department of Transportation closed both eastbound and westbound lanes on FM 969 at Blue Bluff Road due to the crash, urging drivers to seek alternative routes.
The Travis County Sheriff’s Office confirmed their deputies are still investigating the scene, and extensive traffic delays were expected in the area.
Reducing Intersection Accidents in Austin: Tips and Strategies
- Approach with caution and be prepared to stop.
Always slow down and be prepared to stop at intersections, regardless of the traffic light or signal. Look out for oncoming traffic, pedestrians, and cyclists, and don’t proceed until it’s safe to do so.
- Obey all traffic laws and signals.
This includes coming to a complete stop at red lights and stop signs, following lane markings, and yielding the right of way to pedestrians and other vehicles.
- Avoid distractions.
Put away your phone and avoid eating, drinking, or applying makeup while driving. Focus all your attention on the road and the traffic around you.
- Be aware of blind spots.
Large vehicles like trucks and buses have large blind spots, so be extra cautious when approaching them at intersections. Adjust your mirrors and use your turn signals to let other drivers know your intentions.
- Don’t tailgate.
Tailgating leaves you no room to react if the car in front of you suddenly stops. Maintain a safe following distance of at least three seconds.
- Use your headlights properly.
Turn on your headlights during low-light conditions, such as at dawn, dusk, or in bad weather. This will make it easier for other drivers to see you.
- Be extra cautious when turning left.
Turning left across traffic is one of the most dangerous maneuvers. Make sure there is no oncoming traffic before turning and watch out for vehicles turning right on a red light.
- Avoid speeding.
Speeding increases your stopping distance and makes it more difficult to react to sudden changes in traffic. Obey the posted speed limits and drive at a safe speed for the conditions.
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