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Grand Prairie 18-wheeler Crash Kills One

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Jonathan Hernandez1 year ago

An 18-wheeler on Saturday shut down a part of Interstate 30 in Grand Prairie.

Details about the Fiery 18-Wheeler Accident in Grand Prairie

WFAA News in Grand Prairie has reported that a fiery and deadly accident involving an 18-wheeler had shut down the westbound lanes of Interstate 30 in Grand Prairie for a few hours in the early morning of Saturday.

According to WFAA News, the chain of events that led to the fiery accident started at about 15:45 a.m. near the Belt Line Road exit, when a 2001 Ford Mustang was driving slowly on the right-hand lane with its hazard lights on – possibly indicating a flat tire – when it was hit from behind by a tractor-trailer.

The Mustang was dragged by the trailer and pinned against the median barrier when the wreckage of the vehicle suddenly erupted in flames.

The person driving the Mustang was killed in the accident. The identity of that driver has not yet been released by the authorities.

The truck driver, 37-year-old Edmond Palmore of Piedmont, Alabama, was taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries.

The cleanup of the wreckage and other hazardous material left behind from the accident took hours.

Important Information about Accidents Involving Large Trucks

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS):

  • In 2014, there were 3,660 people that were killed in collision that involved a large truck – roughly two-thirds of these fatalities were people in other cars that were killed.
  • Of these fatalities, 1,125 (31 percent) of them occurred on interstates and freeways.
  • 16 percent of large truck crash fatalities occurred on either a Saturday or a Sunday. 

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