According to nbcdfw.com, two people are dead after a crossover collision involving a tractor-trailer loaded with supplies for Harvey relief headed toward southeast Texas, officials say.
The crash was reported at about 6:10 p.m. on Interstate 45 at Malloy Bridge Road near the Dallas-Ellis county line.
The Wilmer Fire Department chief tells NBC 5 that a northbound vehicle crossed the median and collided with a southbound 18-wheeler carrying relief supplies.
Two occupants in the car were killed in the crash, and the driver of the semi-truck had minor injuries, the fire chief said.
Fire crews were working to salvage as much of the relief supplies as they could to continue the trek to Houston.
As of 10 p.m., all southbound lanes of I-45 remained closed at Malloy Bridge, and there was no estimate on when they would reopen.
Car accidents involving fatalities are terribly tragic but it is more heartbreaking to learn that one of the vehicles involved was on its way to deliver supplies to help hundreds of people who have suffered the effects of hurricane Harvey. A tragedy caused from another tragedy.
Texas has been hit hard by hurricane Harvey in many southern areas and many people have lost everything. Collecting the donated supplies is no doubt very important but it does mean that more trucks will be on the road driving in the same direction to deliver them.
This means that as Texas drivers we have to be more vigilant because delivery trucks are not the only potential hazard on the road. As Houstonians seek refuge in other surrounding cities there will be an influx of traffic in those areas.
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 Lawyer
The people in South Texas have suffered much over the course of the past week and the damage is still occurring. They have lost their homes, belongings, irreplaceable sentimental objects, vehicles, jobs and some have lost their lives. They are fleeing Houston in droves to seek refuge in safe areas. This means there will be a lot more traffic in these areas so there is an even higher risk for car accidents. If you have been the victim of a car accident and are seeking legal advice, contact our San Antonio car accident lawyers for an evaluation to see if we can help.