Runaway Semi Truck Kills 4 On I-20 In Central Texas

A truck driver from Denton, Texas lost control of his big rig on I-20 earlier this week, passing over a concrete divider, rolled over and hit at least two passenger vehicles before coming to a stop in the ditch. The truck driver, 22-year-old Edward Hallahan was driving a 2006 International Truck at the time of the fatal truck accident; he was taken to a Fort Worth hospital for treatment.

A family from El Paso travelling in a Honda that was struck by the out-of-control truck was not so lucky. All three died at the scene of the fatal truck accident, including a three-year-old boy. The third vehicle involved in the fatal accident was a Ford Pickup. The driver was airlifted to a hospital in Mineral Wells but did not survive his injuries.

Two passengers – one in the pickup truck and one in the International truck also suffered injuries in the truck crash.

Preliminarily, the steep grade on I-20 is being blamed for the driver’s loss of control of his big rig on Ranger Hill near Ranger, Texas. The Texas Department of Public Safety is still investigating.

A 6 percent grade, ever-changing speed limits and cross-winds that buck big trucks around on the Interstate are among the problems that make Ranger Hill a dangerous road to travel. According to the Texas Department of Transporation, the road is slated for a complete overhaul in the coming years, although nothing has yet been finally determined as to the redesign.

Source: Denton Record Chronicle, “Fatal accident involved Denton truck driver,” May 29, 2013