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Two Killed in Head-On Collision Between 18-Wheeler and Pickup


According to Fox San Antonio, two people were killed, including one child, after their pickup truck collided with an 18-wheeler in San Antonio.

Driver may have been Distracted, says police

Police say a family of five in a pickup truck was traveling southbound on U.S. 281 when they crashed into a semi-truck on Friday afternoon.

Fox San Antonio reports that the driver of the pickup truck swerved into the oncoming 18-wheeler’s lane twice. The second time, the pickup clipped the front of the big rig, causing the pickup to flip and roll off the road.

The driver was killed on impact and pronounced dead at the scene, reports Fox San Antonio. The 12-year-old boy who was in the front seat with his father was transported to a nearby hospital but did not survive his injuries.

The head-on crash ejected the mother and an 18-month-old child from the vehicle. Both the mother and toddler, along with a third child, were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment.

According to Fox San Antonio, the driver of the 18-wheeler suffered a leg injury in the crash and was taken to the hospital.

Police believe that the driver of the pickup may have been distracted, which could have led to the fatal crash, reports the San Antonio Express-News. The police do not believe alcohol was a factor.

Trucking Accident Statistics

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

  • In 2014, there were 3,903 people killed and an estimated 111,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks.
  • Of these fatalities in 2014, 73% were occupants of other vehicles.
  • From 2013 to 2014, there was a 19% increase in the number of injured occupants of other vehicles involved in large-truck traffic crashes.

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