18-Wheeler Crash on I-10 in Reeves County Tragically Kills Texas Woman
A Texas woman died tragically Wednesday afternoon, after an 18-wheeler collided head-on with her car along Interstate-10 in Reeves County.
18-Wheeler Crossed the Median Before Hitting Nissan Ultima
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the decedant was driving her Nissan Ultima west on I-10 about 28 miles east of Balmorhea.
Sometime around 1:15 p.m., an eastbound 18-wheeler left the roadway, crossed the center median, and crashed head-on into the Ultima. The rig then rolled over and proceeded to hit another semi-truck that had been travelling behind the car.
The victim was tragically pronounced dead at the scene. There were no other injuries.
The January 8th fatal truck accident remains under investigation.
Reeves County Among Most Dangerous in the United States for Drivers
In August 2016, the Auto Insurance Center named Reeves County, Texas the 6th most dangerous for drivers in the United States, based on a 20-year-analysis of crash statistics from across the nation.
Unfortunately, it appears little has changed in the ensuing years, as Reeves ranked among ten counties with most fatal commercial vehicle crashes in Texas during 2018. Three other counties in the Texas Department of Transportation’s Odessa District – Midland, Ector, and Winkler – joined Reeves on the state’s top 10 list that year.
Reeves and the 11 other counties comprising the Odessa District sit in the heart of the Permian Basin, the oil-rich region that stretches across West Texas and into New Mexico.
Since the most recent Permian oil boom kicked off around 2016, the number of 18-wheelers and other heavy trucks needed to transport supplies and equipment to and from the oilfields has grown considerably. Because of a severe shortage of experienced truckers, many of these rigs are being operated by newly trained drivers unfamiliar with the region’s often narrow and poorly maintained roads, with the majority working consecutive 12-hour shifts with little time off for rest.
As a result, the number of fatal crashes involving 18-wheelers, heavy trucks, and other commercial vehicles rose nearly 160% across the Odessa District in just past three years alone.
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