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A Luling, Texas, Man Dies after a Collision with an 18-Wheeler

Monday, February 11th, 2013
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Forty-seven-year-old William Darrell Jones of Luling, Texas, was involved in a collision with an 18-wheeler late last month and died from injuries sustained in the crash. Jones was pinned in his pickup truck after the collision, but emergency personnel were delayed in getting to him because of confusion about the location of the wreck.

The Texas Department of Public Services said that Jones was traveling westbound in a 2006 Ford F150 pickup truck on U.S. Highway 90A, also called Shiner Highway, not far from the Lavaca County Line at about 6:45 p.m. when he encountered the 18-wheeler. The big rig was a 1997 Peterbilt tractor-trailer. The driver, 30-year-old Albert Campos, had slowed down at the FM 443/Dreyer Road intersection.

Jones, who troopers calculated was driving about 77 miles per hour when impact occurred, attempted to pass the big rig on the left. Jones then realized that the Peterbilt was turning, and he tried to pull back behind the big rig. The left front of the Ford struck the rear of the 18-wheeler. The pickup then skidded into a ditch and came to rest against a road sign, facing northwest.

First responders reported that Jones was hemorrhaging, and an official with DPS later said that he suffered severe head trauma. Medical help was delayed when the accident’s location was initially reported incorrectly. When help finally arrived, Jones was extracted from his pickup quickly. An AirLIFE helicopter landed near the crash site and transported Jones to University Hospital in San Antonio, where he died the next morning.

Crashes involving 18-wheelers often result in fatalities. In 2011, there were 3,757 truck-related deaths in the U.S., which was 71 more than the previous year.

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