Truck accidents can cause a great deal of damage due to the size of the vehicle. Multi-vehicle crashes can be similarly devastating because of the number of people involved. Therefore, it follows that a multi-vehicle accident that involves one or more 18-wheelers can be particularly devastating, and such was the case in Weatherford, Texas, when a semi-truck collided with several cars on a Friday afternoon. The crash sent seven people to the hospital, resulted in the death of one vehicle occupant and caused the semi to roll over and spill its cargo of plastic Gatorade bottles onto the roadway.
The accident occurred around mile marker 408 near the Cleburne Highway exit of eastbound Interstate 20 in Weatherford. The semi-truck driver failed to stop in time to avoid backed-up traffic just beyond the overpass and caused a chain reaction by crashing into an SUV, sending it into a passenger car that spun around and crashed into a pickup. The semi may also have struck the pickup while sliding toward the median and hitting the cable system that caused it to overturn onto its driver’s side.
A 44-year-old woman died in the crash. She had been driving the passenger car that crashed into the pickup after the SUV struck it. It is unknown whether her family members have received notification of her death as yet.
Though current conditions are unknown, the crash also sent seven other people to various hospitals. Responders provided medical treatment at the scene to two other people, subsequently releasing both.
Approximately an hour after the accident, authorities continued to advise drivers to avoid the area due to traffic delays and cleanup efforts, the latter of which were still underway nearly four hours after the crash.
Truck drivers’ mistakes may be costlier than most, and it is the victims of their carelessness who often pay the highest price. Those injured in a truck accident may wish to discuss the case with an attorney.