The Texas Department of Public Safety reported that a wrong-way driver
caused a fiery crash on Nov. 29 on U.S. 385 north of Vega. According to
officials, the accident occurred around 11:45 p.m. and resulted in five
A 30-year-old Corpus Christi man was driving a Ford F250 north on the highway
when he allegedly crossed the centerline and continued traveling into
southbound traffic. A 2002 van carrying a family of four from Hobbs, New
Mexico, reportedly pulled onto the southbound shoulder of the highway
and decelerated so as to avoid the truck. Nevertheless, the wrong-way
truck collided with the van, officials said. Consequently, both vehicles
burst into flames.
The 30-year-old pickup driver was killed in the
truck accident, according to officials. Furthermore, the 43-year-old van driver and three
of the van's four passengers died as a result of the crash. The lone
survivor, a minor, received emergency transport to Northwest Texas Hospital
for treatment and was later flown to University Medical Center in Lubbock.
Officials characterized his condition as critical.
Officials stated that the occupants of the van were a family. It was not
immediately clear what caused the 30-year-old man to travel the wrong way.
When people are killed in a
car accident, their families are often left to deal with significant financial losses
in addition to grief and emotional pain. Certain family members of the
decedents may be eligible to recover damages against the driver whose
actions were demonstrably responsible for the fatal event by filing a
wrongful death lawsuit. In cases where the at-fault driver perishes in the accident as well,
wrongful death claimants may hold the driver's estate liable for the accident.
Source: Amarillo Globe News, "5 killed in accident on U.S. 385 north of Vega", Matthew Hutchison, December 01, 2014