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Fiery Wreck Takes Life of Three

Semi Truck Wreck Entangling Two Other Vehicles

According to, sadly three innocent individuals have been killed in a wreck with two other vehicles and four semi trailers in New Braunfels, stated authorities.

Police have confirmed that Karen Barganier, and Jennifer Cludius, a mother and daughter, are deceased as well as another Eugene Watts as the result of the deadly accident on I-35 at Spur 396 in Waco. Authorities claim the accident was caused by a semi truck ramming into another tractor trailer as well as two other civilian vehicles. The accident caused explosions and ended up shutting down I-35 for several hours.

According to their obituaries, it seems as if both women worked to help others in their lives. Barganier and Cludius are New Braunfels natives. Karen Barganier was a teacher at the New Braunfels Independent School District, and Cludius worded for Texas’ fetal alcohol syndrome educational campaign. Cludius was also known to deliver meals on wheels, and to go on Mission work.

Like many times after a tragic wreck, a grief stricken family is left behind. Cludius’ husband, Fred Cludius, has thanked the public for the outpour of prayers and support for their family and has published this statement on Facebook, “Friends, I cannot begin to express my appreciation for each and everyone one of you,” he said Monday morning. “We have been blessed with visits, meals, etc.”

Auto Accident Statistics

According to the Texas Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Facts 2015:

  • Primarily based on reportable crashes in 2015, 1 person was killed every 2 hours, 29 minutes. Additionally, 1 person was injured every 2 minutes 8 seconds, and 1 reportable crash occurred every 61 seconds.
  • There were 581 people killed in head-on crashes in 2015.
  • Of all persons killed in vehicles where restraint usage was applicable, and usage was known in 2015, 40.3% were reported as not restrained when the fatal crash occurred.
  • 246,335 people were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2015.
  • The fatality rate on Texas roadways for 2015 was 1.43% deaths per hundred million vehicle miles traveled. This is a 2.05% decrease from 2014.
  • Also, Texas experienced a decrease in the number f motor vehicle traffic fatalities. The 2015 death toll of 3,531 was a decrease of 0.14% from the 3,536 deaths recorded in 2014.
  • There were 13,616 serious injury crashes in Texas in 2015 that resulted in over 17,000 people sustaining a serious injury.
  • Fatalities in traffic crashes in rural areas of the state accounted for 54.52% of the state’s traffic fatalities. There were 1,925 deaths in rural traffic crashes.
  • Ultimately, single vehicle, run-off the road crashes resulted in 1,255 deaths in 2015. This was 35.54% of all motor vehicle traffic deaths in 2015.

San Antonio Car Accident Lawyers

This story is, unfortunately, more common than many would think. Vehicles are dangerous, and we are all in danger when in a vehicle, but it is a risk many of us are obligated to take. We work, go to school, take our kids to daycare, etc.

When getting behind the wheel, we put our lives into the hands of others. Some laws are meant to help maintain road safety, but sometimes people choose to break those laws. When individuals decide to break the rules of the road, it can end up resulting in a horrific accident. The tragic story above doesn’t tell us what caused the semi to hit the other semi, but it could have very well been the result of breaking one of the laws of the road. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a car accident and are seeking legal advice, contact our law office and let us see what we may be able to do to help.