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Woodlands Woman Killed in Polk County 18-Wheeler Crash

A 21-year-old woman was killed Tuesday morning as a result of a trucking accident in Polk County.

Details of the Polk County Trucking Accident

According to KTRE, the fatal crash occurred around 8:45 am when a 2011 Kia struck the rear tires of a tractor-trailer as the 18-wheeler turned from Highway 59 onto State Loop 166. The driver of the Kia, Marley Chapla, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the 18-wheeler, Curtis Adair, 31, was not injured in the incident.

Officials are still investigating the crash.

Texas Trucking Accident Statistics

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

  • 438,000 trucking accidents were recorded in the U.S. in 2014, resulting in 3,903 deaths and 111,000 injuries.
  • Of those killed in trucking accidents:
    • 17 percent were occupants of large trucks
    • 73 percent were occupants of other vehicles
    • 10 percent were listed as nonoccupants, including bicyclistsand pedestrians
  • Texas led the nation in trucking accident fatalities with 553 trucking-related deaths reported. California followed Texas with 300 recorded deaths.

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