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2 truck accidents on same highway on same day

There were two truck accidents on a Texas highway in the early morning hours of April 8. The crashes took place along the southbound side of Interstate 35 in Kyle. The south side of the highway was shut down because of the accidents and reopened by the afternoon. Both of the collisions involved multiple 18-wheelers, and one was fatal.

The first of the two truck accidents occurred just after midnight when a pickup truck was struck by an 18-wheeler near Exit 210. After the first collision, the pickup truck hit a second 18-wheeler from behind and then erupted in flames. A 33-year-old man in the pickup truck was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident while a 24-year-old man and a 42-year-old man were treated for serious injuries at local hospitals.

Kyle police officers that had been dispatched to the scene of the first accident reported another accident when it took place just after 2:30 a.m. The second accident involved an 18-wheeler that rear-ended a Dodge pickup truck while traveling at excessive speeds. The pickup truck, driven by an off-duty Austin police officer, was pushed into a second 18-wheeler. The officer was seriously injured in the crash.

Accidents involving large trucks can often cause serious injuries to others who are on the road at the time simply because of the sheer weight and size of those vehicles. If it can be determined that such an accident was caused by a drunk or distracted truck driver, a personal injury attorney representing a crash victim may find it advisable to seek compensation for medical expenses and other losses through a personal injury lawsuit filed against the driver and the trucking company.

Source: KVUE, "One dead, APD officer injured in I-35 crashes," Jennifer Auh, April 8, 2016

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