While the rest of the nation is experiencing a decline or flat-lining of fatal pedestrian-vehicle accidents, the state of Texas has experienced a dramatic increase.
A 19-year-old Texas woman and two 72-year-old people from Canada lost their lives in an accident on April 6. The Department of Public Safety stated that the multi-vehicle collision near Tahoka was currently the subject of an investigation.
On Feb. 14 just before 2 a.m., two cars collided head-on in a serious auto accident on U.S. 87 north near the Grape Creek Road intersection in San Angelo that left a 21-year-old San Angelo man dead. Emergency responders used the Jaws of Life to pry both drivers out of their cars, and one was airlifted to the hospital.
An accident involving three vehicles near Andrews on Dec. 6 resulted in three fatalities and seriously injured another person. The West Texas accident purportedly took place after one of the drivers involved in the event ran a stop sign.
Truck accidents are responsible for about 4,500 deaths every year. In Texas, there were 3,398 deaths due to vehicle accidents in 2013. Of those, 101 were fatalities in large truck accidents.
A car accident that occurred in Texas and involved three vehicles caused the death of a 76-year-old man from Woodville. According to the report, the crash occurred near Colmesneil on July 16.
It appears that Texas may not be as safe of a place for pedestrians as one would hope.
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