Posted on behalf of Stephens, Anderson & Cummings on Apr 13, 2015 in Truck Accidents
What started out as a minor car accident takes a deadly turn. Authorities confirm Good Samaritans were among five people killed and 12 others injured in a fiery wreck on a Fort Worth freeway, early Sunday morning.
Investigators say the accident in the westbound lanes of Interstate 30 involved several vehicles near the Oakland Boulevard exit.
Two women and bystanders stopped to lend a hand to victims in an earlier car crash on Interstate 30. Moments later, tragedy struck. Officials say an 18-wheeler slammed into their cars and burst into flames. Fort Worth police say, many of those who were killed or injured were outside of their vehicles trying to assist a driver in the initial crash.
Twelve people were injured in the fiery crash, which involved eight to 10 vehicles, authorities said. Officials say four people were pronounced dead at the scene near the Oakland Boulevard exit. A fifth victim died later at a local hospital. Two people had critical and potentially life threatening injuries, one person had serious and non-life threatening injuries, and ten people had minor injuries.
The westbound lanes of I-30 remained closed for six hours after the crash, as police combed the scene for clues. However, police say the cause of both accidents remains unknown.
We’ve learned that skid marks indicate the truck driver slammed on brakes as he approached the scene. However, authorities are investigating why the driver was unable to avoid colliding with the cars. We’ve also learned the impact ruptured the semi-truck’s diesel gas tank, setting two cars on fire.
Authorities say they do not believe the driver was intoxicated and so far no charges have been filed against the driver.
The Fort Worth personal injury attorneys at Stephens, Anderson & Cummings send our most heartfelt condolences to the family and friends affected by this horrific crash.