A three-vehicle collision involving a semitruck caused a woman from Texas City to be flown by helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.
The early morning crash occurred in Point Comfort near Gate 5 of Formosa Plastics on Farm-to-Market Road 1593 on Thursday, July 26 according to a sergeant with the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The 51-year-old driver of a 2010 Kenworth semitruck was from Humble. He was towing a 1996 semi-trailer as he headed north on Farm-to-Market Road 1593.
The Texas City woman, 23, was driving her 2016 Ford Edge. She was stopped while awaiting her turn to make a left at the intersection. Then, for unknown reasons, she turned in front of the semitruck and was hit.
That impact propelled her vehicle into the south-facing 2016 Dodge Ram 3500 whose driver was awaiting a chance to make a left turn into Formosa’s Gate 5.
The pickup truck was being driven by a 21-year-old Louise resident. Both it and the Edge stopped in the north lane of FM 1593.
The driver of the Edge was the only one who suffered injuries in the multi-vehicle collision.
No mention was made of any citations given to the drivers, although it was noted that the injured woman failed to yield the right-of-way.
This accident illustrates the reason why drivers must give a wide berth to large commercial trucks that are unable to stop on a dime. When these big rigs collide with smaller and lighter passenger vehicles, the outcomes can be quite grim for the occupants of the smaller automobiles.
If trucks are exceeding the speed limit, this can compound the potential damage to the passenger cars. If you were injured in a wreck with a big rig, you may be able to file a claim for damages and receive compensation.