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Safety Feature to Prevent Drastic Increase in Wrong-Way Crashes

Four people were tragically killed in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 30 near Greenville on Friday. A 79 year-old man somehow got confused, jumped into his car after midnight. He travelled east in the westbound lanes and collided head-on with a SUV carrying five teens. Unable to avoid the wreckage, a semi ran into both disabled vehicles. Three of the teens, the elderly driver and his dog died and two teens were injured in the accident.

Although the facts are unique, the situation is all too familiar. A drunk, lost or distracted driver mistakenly enters a highway in the wrong direction and plows head-on into another vehicle. People are injured or die in this totally preventable accident. 

I have covered this topic extensively in this blog, exploring why wrong-way crashes are so common in Texas and why this particular type of accident is increasing dramatically in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. 

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Reason for Head-On Collision Undetermined 

A driver travelling north in the southbound lane of Interstate 45 caused a tragic head-on collision that killed three people on Monday morning. The accident occurred at 11:00 about 50 miles southeast of Dallas near Corsicana.

78 year-old James Edward Warren was driving a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck when he collided head-on with a black Nissan Pathfinder SUV. The impact knocked the SUV onto its side and two other cars hit the vehicle.

Two adults and six children were riding in the SUV and police say none were wearing seat belts and one child was thrown from the vehicle. Warren and the driver of the SUV both died instantly. A 14 year-old child died at the crash scene. Six other people were airlifted to Dallas hospitals for treatment of their injuries. 

Crash investigators don’t yet know why Mr. Warren was driving the wrong way on I-45, but say alcohol does not appear to be a factor. What does that leave then as the cause?

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Deadly Crash Prompts Transportation Department to Take Action 

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation approved installation of cable barriers along the stretch of I-35 where four members of the North Central Texas College girl’s softball team were killed last September. A seven mile long cable will separate the north and southbound lanes of Interstate 35, stretching from mile marker 44 at Arbuckle Mountains to just south of Turner Falls. 

The decision was made in response to the fatal head-on collision between a tractor-trailer and the van that was transporting the women back to the NCTC campus after a game. Four women were killed and 12 others were seriously injured in the accident. The truck driver responsible for the horrific accident only suffered minor injuries. 

The deadly tractor-trailer accident occurred when the distracted truck driver crossed the 92-foot wide center median from the northbound lane into the southbound lane and hit the van head on. The force of the impact sheared the side of the van and knocked it onto its side. The 18-wheeler came to rest about 300 feet off the highway. 

The truck driver has been charged with four counts of first-degree manslaughter in late June. A marijuana pipe and prescription medications were reportedly discovered in his semi cab during the accident investigation. 

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