Semi Passenger Crushed To Death By Own Flatbed After Fellow Big Rig Blows Tire
College Station, Texas – A trucker blew a front tire along Highway 6 on Friday leading to deadly consequences for a passenger in a tractor-trailer following behind the blowout.
According to the College Station Police Department, a big rig blew a tire along Highway 6 South at approximately 4:46 p.m. on Friday.
Investigators said parts of the tire from the 18-wheeler landed into an adjacent traffic lane causing the vehicles traveling southbound to slow.
A flatbed semi operating southbound behind the first big rig was unable to slow and swerved into the grassy median to avoid a potentially deadly rear-end crash.
As the truck swerved, authorities said the flatbed trailer detached and came to rest on top of the semi, crushing the driver and passenger inside.
Emergency crews were immediately dispatched and discovered one person inside the semi had perished and the other was badly injured.
Crews worked for more than two hours to extract the victims from the truck’s cab.
Investigators said the damage to the semi was so severe that they were unable to determine which victim was driving at the time of the fatal crash.
The deceased has been identified as 45-year-old Teresa Ann Schwertner-Lee, of Anderson.
The second victim was flown by helicopter to a nearby hospital.
His condition is not known at this time.
Authorities said they are continuing to investigate.
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