Excessive speed may have initiated a chain-reaction Texas accident on Interstate 27 that ultimately required the assistance of approximately 50 emergency personnel. Six vehicles were involved in the October 31 incident that shut down the major roadway for about five hours. The accident illustrates the complexities that can arise for both investigators and for those that are injured by possibly negligent conduct.
Truck Allegedly Unable to Stop
Officers with the Amarillo Police Department responded to a report of a multi-vehicle accident at 7:54 a.m. Traffic had apparently slowed in response to a minor accident near I-27 and Washington. A driver of northbound 2006 Peterbilt truck with a manure load was reportedly unable to slow down quickly enough, so he made a rapid lane change in an effort to avoid a crash.
However, his rig then struck a 2009 Freightliner cement truck proceeding in the adjacent lane. The Peterbilt vehicle then also struck a white 2002 Ford F-150 pickup and a 2009 Chevrolet van. Next, the truck crossed into oncoming traffic where it collided with a 2001 International tractor-trailer. That rig then careened into a white 1997 Dodge Caravan. Ultimately, 22 units with the APD and six units with the AFD were sent to the scene.
There were a total of 15 occupants in the six vehicles involved in the crash, and seven of them required transport to an area hospital. All of those that were hurt were reported to have suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
The preliminary investigation suggested that both speed and an unsafe lane change may have contributed to the chain of events, but there was no initial report of any citations being issued.
Although the investigation into this multi-vehicle wreck is ongoing, state law does provide a means for parties injured by alleged negligent conduct to seek redress in civil court. When negligence can be reasonably asserted, a injured person may seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other losses.