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