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One Dead in Sinton Trucking Accident

Destiny Baker3 years ago

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is asking for help in identifying a truck driver involved in a fiery crash Friday morning.

Truck and Driver Unrecognizable

According to KRIS-TV, the 18-wheeler flew off US 77 roughly three miles north of Sinton, crashed into a parked truck, and burst into flames.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was trapped inside the vehicle and died at the scene.

Authorities have stated that the fire was so bad that they have been unable to identify the company the truck and driver may belong to.

National Trucking Accident Statistics

Following information provided by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • In 2012, 3,921 people were killed in traffic accidents involving large trucks – a four percent increase from 3,781 recorded in 2011.
  • In addition, another 104,000 people were injured, marking an 18 percent increase from 88,000 in 2011.
  • Of those killed in trucking accidents:
    • 697 (18 percent) were occupants of large trucks
    • 2,843 (73 percent) were occupants of other vehicles
    • 381 (10 percent) were non-occupants, including pedestrians and pedalcyclist.
  • NHTSA was also able to determine that trucking accidents were most likely to occur on weekdays during the daytime hours of 6 am-6 pm.

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