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Woman Severely Injured in Collision with 18-Wheeler

18-wheeler driving on highway

According to the San Angelo Standard-Times, an 18-wheeler crashed into a car in San Angelo, Texas, sending a woman to the hospital with serious injuries.

Semi Driver Cited for Wreck

The accident occurred at the intersection of Bell Street and Hughes Street at around 12:16 a.m. local time. The driver of the semi-truck slammed into a Ford Fiesta driven by a 30-year-old man with a 29-year-old woman passenger. The crash caused the Fiesta to lodge underneath the tractor-trailer, trapping the woman inside.

According to the Standard-Times, emergency personnel extricated the female passenger and transported her to Shannon Medical Center. She underwent surgery and it currently in stable condition in the intensive care unit. The driver of the Fiesta sustained minor injuries and refused medical help.

The 39-year-old semi-truck driver did not receive any injuries and was cited for failure to yield the right of way, reports the Standard-Times.

Trucking Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,903 people died in crashes involving large trucks in 2014. In addition,

  • 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.
    • 23 percent were occupants of large trucks.
  • An estimated 438,000 large trucks were involved in police-reported traffic crashes during 2014.
  • Seventy-nine percent of the fatal crashes involving large trucks in 2014 occurred on weekdays.
  • In 2014, large trucks accounted for 8 percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes.

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