A fatal trucking accident that occurred a few miles east of Post, Texas left one person dead last Wednesday.
About the Garza County Trucking Accident
According to Lubbock Avalanche Journal, a semi-truck driver died as a result of an accident that occurred when he pulled in front of another 18-wheeler in Garza County.
The truck driver was pulled over on the side of the northbound lane of U.S. 84. He returned his truck, attached to a milk tank, to the highway and when he attempted to make a U-turn to head south, he collided with another semi-truck.
The other truck, a produce truck, hit the cab of the milk truck – both trucks ended up in the median of U.S. 84.
The driver of the milk truck was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident and was transported to a local funeral home. The other driver did not suffer injuries.
National Trucking Accident Statistics
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 3,921 people were killed in trucking accidents in 2012. This marks a 4 percent increase from 2011.
- Of those killed in trucking accidents;
- 697 were occupants of large trucks
- 2,843 were occupants of other vehicles
- 381 were non-occupants, including pedestrians and bicyclists
- Another 104,000 people were injured in accidents involving large trucks – up from 88,000 in 2011.