On Saturday, April 8, 2017, on Interstate 10 near Ozona, Texas, four people died in a multi-vehicle crash on a stretch of road where the speed limit is 80 miles per hour. According to authorities, a driver who fell asleep at the wheel started the deadly chain of events. A 32-year-old woman from Connecticut reportedly fell asleep. Her car drifted onto the center median, rolled over, and came to a stop in the roadway. Her truck was partially blocking the inside lane of eastbound traffic. The woman received assistance in exiting the crashed truck. She then sat on top of her pickup. From that point, the deadly events occurred.
The 47-year-old driver of an 18-wheeler approached the disabled truck but only saw the vehicle of a witness that was pulled over on the shoulder. The truck driver did not see that the pickup truck was partially on the roadway. The driver moved to the inside lane and crashed into the Ranger, which killed the woman who had been sitting on it.
The 18-wheeler then experienced complete loss of steering control. The truck driver crossed into westbound lanes and struck a Volkswagen carrying a driver and two passengers. The Volkswagen ended up facing northwest in a ditch on the north side. Everyone in the Volkswagen was pronounced dead at the scene.
The truck driver suffered incapacitating injuries and was transported to Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo.
At the time of the fatal crash, road conditions were clear and dry.
Falling asleep or being fatigued while driving is as dangerous as driving drunk.