Wednesday May 18, 2016, approximately at 3:30 a.m., a truck driver was traveling northbound on U.S. Highway 271, when he crossed into the oncoming lanes and sideswiped a southbound semi. The impact caused the northbound semi to overturn across both northbound lanes. A northbound pickup truck struck the semitrailer.
The driver of the pickup, Robert Williams, 57, was fatally injured in the crash.
The truck drivers were not injured. The crash is under investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The current federal weight limit for a large interstate truck is 80,000 pounds, but for some states, there are exemptions and permits allowing even heavier trucks to travel on our roadways. Bigger, heavier trucks are more likely to be in a crash, more likely to cause damage to our roads and bridges, and more likely to result in an injury or death.