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Woman Killed, Four others Injured in Multiple-vehicle Crash Involving Semi

speeding 18-wheeler driving on highway

According to the Herald-Banner, a woman died and four others sustained injuries after a semi-truck crashes into multiple vehicles on Interstate 30 in Hunt County, Texas, on Monday afternoon.

Details of the Fatal Crash

An 18-wheeler traveling eastbound on Interstate 30 approached a line of slow traffic near mile marker 82 at approximately 3:25 p.m. The semi failed to slow down and collided with the line of vehicles.

According to the Herald-Banner, the total number of damaged vehicles is unknown, but the wreckage from the collision stretched from mile marker 82 to mile marker 84 on Interstate 30. One of the vehicles in the wreck caught on fire.

Janice Huffman, 64, died at the scene. Officials say a person received an airlift to Plano Medical Center with unknown injuries. Three other people suffered from non-life-threatening injuries and received treatment at Hunt Regional Medical Center.

Eastbound Interstate 30 shut down for more than four hours as officials investigated, according to the Herald-Banner. Fire departments from Cash, Union Valley, Caddo Mills, and Royse City responded to the multiple-vehicle incident.

Trucking Accident Statistics

The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • In 2014, 3,903 people died in crashes involving large trucks.
    • Occupants of other vehicles made up 73 percent of these fatalities.
  • An estimated 111,000 people sustained injuries in crashes involving large trucks in 2014, an increase of 17 percent from 2013.
  • Over 16 percent of all large-truck drivers involved in fatal crashes had at least one prior speeding conviction.

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