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2 die in Texas wrong-way crash

Two people were killed in a head-on collision in Texas when a wrong-way driver entered Highway 114 during the morning rush hour on April 28. Authorities are investigating whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident.

Police said they began receiving 911 calls shortly after a 26-year-old Grapevine man entered the highway going the wrong direction at MacArthur. He reportedly drove between five and six miles against oncoming traffic as other drivers dodged his vehicle. A traffic reporter for a local TV station told the media she narrowly avoided the wrong-way car on her way to work and feared he would hit someone else.

Approximately 10 minutes later, the wrong-way driver smashed into a vehicle driven by a 51-year-old Keller man. The wrong-way driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The 51-year-old was transported to a local hospital, where he later died. The accident was the first wrong-way collision in the Dallas area since 2012. A representative of the Texas Department of Transportation said the agency is working on new initiatives to prevent future wrong-way crashes, including arrow markers that flash red when a driver enters the highway going the wrong direction.

Wrong-way head-on collisions can cause catastrophic injuries that can often be fatal. In addition to their grief, the survivors of a person killed in a car accident often suffer immediate and significant financial losses as well. When the action is caused by the negligence of another motorist, an attorney for the family can file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking appropriate compensation. In the event that the negligent driver is also killed, his or her estate could be named as a defendant.

Source: Dallas Fort Worth CBS, "Dallas Police Investigating Fatal Wrong-Way Crash," Brooke Rogers, April 28, 2016

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