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1 Dead, 1 Injured in Texas Car Crash

Posted By Stephen Stewart || 9-Apr-2014

A two-vehicle car accident that occurred in Houston County on the evening of April 1 left one person dead and one person injured. According to the report, the crash occurred on Highway 21 near Weches.

The Texas Department of Public Safety stated that an 81-year-old driver was heading northeast on Highway 21 when he suddenly crossed the center line into oncoming traffic. He struck a semi-truck that was being driven by a 45-year-old man head-on. The impact from the collision caused the semi-truck to strike a tree located on the side of the road.

The elderly driver who reportedly caused the crash died at the scene of the accident. The driver of the semi-truck was trapped in his vehicle after hitting the tree. Emergency crews were able to extricate him from the cab after approximately 25 minutes, and he was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. The extent of his injuries was not reported. Highway 21 was closed for several hours while the scene of the accident was worked by crews.

While it was not known or reported what actually caused the driver to cross the center line into oncoming traffic, the driver seems to have been responsible for causing the car accident. As a result, the truck driver may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit in order to seek compensation for any financial damages that he sustained as a result. For example, he may be able to recover the cost of any of his medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering. Because the driver who was liable did not survive the accident, the injured truck driver may file the lawsuit against the driver's estate.

Source: KTRE, "1 dead in 2-vehicle accident in Houston Co.", Jeff Awtrey and Leigha Hughes, April 02, 2014

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