The driver of this Ford Explorer was killed on Wednesday when he crashed into the back of an 18-wheeler in Liberty.
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Horrific crash with 18-wheeler kills dad inside SUV with baby
Updated 7:57 am, Thursday, October 13, 2016
The crash left debris on the road.
A man died on Wednesday when he allegedly ran a red light and careened under an 18-wheeler.
The power of the crash peeled the top of the black Ford Explorer completely off the vehicle.
The accident occurred around 9:40 a.m. at the State Highway 146 bypass in Liberty, Texas.
According to the Liberty Police Department, an 18-wheeler sand truck was in the left-hand lane turning onto the southbound lane of the SH 146 bypass.
"As he pulled out, the passenger vehicle (Ford Explorer) crashed under the back end of the trailer of the 18-wheeler," Lt. Chip Fairchild, of the Liberty Police Department, said.
The driver of the Ford Explorer was pronounced dead at the scene. In the back seat of the vehicle was his baby, about 18 months old. The child was taken by Life Flight to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. The baby is in good condition with minimal medical issues.
"Our initial investigation clearly shows that the passenger of the Ford Explorer had a red light and the driver of the truck had a green light," the officer said.
Witnesses at the scene corroborated the story and were questioned by officers.
The intersection was shut down during the investigation of the accident.
The driver was in his late 20s or early 30s. His identity has not been released pending notification of family members.
Speed kills, folks. Learn from this tragedy and slow down.
Texas leads the nation in traffic fatalities. Texas also has the highest traffic fatality rate. I guess the huge size of the state, combined with flat and long roads entices the drivers to speed and reach their final destination at an early time.