Tractor-Trailer Crashes Head-On with Pickup Truck, Killing Driver

semi-truck driving toward a man in a car

According to The Times Record News, a woman was killed after she was hit by a semi-truck near her home south of Windthorst, Texas, on Thursday morning.

Truck Driver Confused about Direction of Travel

Mary Laverne Bevers, 48, was driving north on U.S. 281 near the intersection of State Highway 16 when the fatal wreck happened. Bevers was in the process of pulling her pickup truck into her driveway when she was struck by a tractor-trailer head-on at around noon.

Officials say Bevers was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident and was ejected from her pickup truck. According to The Times Record News, Bevers suffered fatal injuries at the scene. The driver of the tractor-trailer did not sustain injuries in the collision.

Texas Department of Public Safety officials say the truck driver was unsure about the correct direction of travel at the end of a construction zone near the crash site, reports The Times Record News. The big rig was traveling south in a northbound lane on U.S. 281 when it struck Bevers.

Information on Trucking Accidents

The following information regarding truck crashes is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

  • 3,903 people died in crashes involving large trucks in 2014.
  • An estimated 111,000 people suffered injuries in crashes involving large trucks in 2014.
    • 74 percent of the people injured in these accidents were occupants of other vehicles.
  • An estimated 438,000 large trucks were involved in police-reported traffic crashes during 2014.
  • In 2014, large trucks accounted for 8 percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes.

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