A head-on collision occurred between two 18-wheelers occurred near Three Rivers Thursday, leaving one man dead.
Authorities Investigate Corpus Christi Trucking Accident
KIIITV News reports that the head-on collision between two 18-wheelers occurred on State Highway 72, six miles east of Three Rivers, left one man dead.
The victim was 63-year old Billy Stevens Ransom, Sr., of Temple Texas.
Ransom was driving eastbound carrying a type of sand used for fracking in the oil field in his trailer. Another 18-wheeler traveling west veered into oncoming traffic and collided with Ransom’s 18-wheeler.
Ransom was killed at the scene and the driver of the other truck was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The accident is under investigation. Drive fatigue is believed to have played a role in the accident.
Statistics on Tractor-Trailer Accidents
The following information is from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- In 2012, there were 3,921 people killed in crashes related to large trucks.
- There were 104,000 people injured in crashes with large trucks.
- Approximately 333,000 large trucks in the United States were in crashes.
- Of the fatalities in 2012, 73 percent were occupants of other vehicles, 10 percent were non-occupants, and 18 percent were the occupants of the large trucks.