On Interstate 30 in Nash, Texas, at about 2:25 pm on Saturday, a fatal 18-wheeler crash occurred near the Kings Highway (FM 989) overpass. Tiffany Provence, age 29, and 3-month-old Daclan Marshall of Hooks, Texas, died in the three-vehicle accident. According to authorities, Shelby Marshall was driving the car Provence and the infant were riding in. She was forced to bring her Chevrolet to a complete stop, due to an accident that was ahead on FM 2148. Another Chevrolet, a Tahoe, was also stopped in front of Marshall’s car. The 63-year-old driver of an 18-wheeler failed to stop. The Del Rio, Texas, man in the big rig rear-ended Marshall’s vehicle. The car then struck the Tahoe and burst into flames. The truck driver rescued Shelby but was unable to help Provence or the infant, due to the intense heat of the fire. Marshall’s Chevrolet was completely consumed before firefighters could arrive and extinguish the flames. The occupants of the Tahoe were treated for injuries at a local hospital and released.
This tragic collision is still under investigation. The deadly incident brings to light the dangers of big rigs on our roadways, when they either don’t operator properly or drivers fail to maintain proper control in traffic. The cause of the truck driver being involved in this particular crash has not been established.
The following are some of the common causes of 18-wheeler collisions, according to research:
Distracted driving. Anything that diverts a driver’s attention away from the task of driving results in distracted driving. Because 18-wheelers weigh around 20 times more than average vehicles, it is incredibly hazardous for commercial truck drivers to drive while distracted.
Learn more about the common causes of 18-wheeler collisions in this ongoing series.