A Rhome woman died at the scene of a multi-vehicle accident initiated by
a collision between a Freightliner and a semi-truck pulling a box trailer
according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. The accident, which
occurred on State Highway 114 in Denton County on Sept. 8, closed the
highway for several hours. The woman, 44, was driving a Hyundai Elantra,
and the last vehicle involved in the crash was a Chevrolet Tahoe.
The driver of the Freightliner was airlifted to a hospital in Fort Worth.
The driver of the other semi-truck and the Tahoe driver received treatment
for their injuries at the accident site.
According to the DPS, the accident happened around 6:45 p.m. near South
County Line Road when the Freightliner, which was loaded with rocks, was
traveling east on Highway 114 and crossed the centerline into the pathway
of the other westbound semi-truck. The Freightliner hit the other truck
before crashing into the Hyundai and the Tahoe then overturning. The rocks
spilled onto the highway as a result.
Officials said the fatal accident was the third in Denton County in two
weeks. Investigations into all three accidents were ongoing as of Sept. 10.
Serious injuries or death can be the emotionally and economically devastating
semi-truck accidents involving multiple vehicles. In Texas, the family members of fatal accident
victims can pursue compensation for economic and nonmonetary damages by filing
wrongful death claims in civil courts. When commercial trucks are involved in accidents
that lead to other motorists being killed, there may be evidence to support
lawsuits against both the drivers of the trucks and the companies for
which those individuals work.
Source: Denton Record Chronicle , "Rhome woman killed in accident with semi", Megan Gray-Hatfield, September 10, 2014