The Texas Department of Public Safety is overseeing an investigation into a fatal crash that occurred in a small East Texas town on March 28. According to local police, the car accident involved an SUV and a pickup truck towing a trailer with an attached motorcycle. The crash has left one man dead and two other people critically injured.
According to police reports, the two vehicles were traveling in opposite directions when the SUV suddenly changed lanes and crashed headlong into the truck. The left fronts of each vehicle collided, causing severe damage. The driver of the SUV, a 22-year-old Texas man, suffered extensive injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene; while the occupants of the truck, a husband and wife, were rushed by air to East Texas Medical Center. Their injuries were purportedly significant, but both are expected to survive and were listed as being stable at last report.
Police are still investigating exactly what elements might have caused or contributed to this crash. A local Justice of the Peace has authorized an autopsy to be performed on the driver of the truck. It is hoped the autopsy will help to shed some light on the cause of the car accident.
However, it is still too early in this case to presume any factors that may have contributed to this terrible car accident. Texas law, like most states, requires strict guidelines of road safety to be met while operating a vehicle. Given the driver of the vehicle alleged to have caused the accident perished at the scene, the two victims of the crash may be able to seek compensation from his next-of-kin or the state itself, depending upon the final determination of the reasons for the crash.
Source: kltv.com, "Palestine Police investigating Thursday night fatal accident," March 31, 2013