Truck Driver Merging in Construction Zone Killed in Chain Reaction Pile-up
Van Horn, TX — Texas authorities have now confirmed a truck driver was killed over the weekend in a chain reaction pile-up crash.
Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) officials said Juan Lopez Martinez, 63, of El Paso, TX, perished last Sunday along Interstate 10 in Culberson County.
According to investigators, Martinez was operating a tractor-trailer eastbound when he attempted to merge as the roadway was reduced to one lane due to construction.
Martinez “failed to control the speed” of his rig and struck the rear of another tractor-trailer.
The collision set off a chain reaction as both rigs continued eastbound striking at least four passenger vehicles, TxDPS said in an update.
Martinez perished while eight others suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Each were treated at a nearby hospital and have since been released.
Officials said Martinez was wearing his seat belt at the time of the wreck, but have not indicated what likely caused the crash.
Images courtesy of Culberson County Sheriff’s Office