Several people were injured on Monday, December 19, 2011, in a multiple vehicle crash on Ranger Hill, which is located in between Abilene and Fort Worth on I-20. The first accident, which occurred around 11:40 AM, was caused by an eastbound travelling 18-wheeler that lost control on the rain-slick road. According to state troopers, "the trailer struck the center concrete barricade, rode up on the barricade and was striking vehicles on the westbound side.” Many drivers were able to avoid hitting the truck, but at least six other 18-wheelers and four other cars were involved in serious crashes.
Traffic Halts; More Accidents and Injuries Reported
There were also several minor accidents caused by the sudden halt of traffic in both directions. At least five people had to be taken to area hospitals with injuries, and one was listed as in critical condition. I-20 was closed in both directions until about 6:00 Monday evening.
I personally was stuck in the traffic caused by this accident and watched as several ambulances and a helicopter left the scene carrying injured people. Wet roads are a very serious crash risk and can pose problems for any driver, especially those driving large commercial trucks. We at the Hart Law Firm are praying for everyone injured in this horrible crash and hope that they can recover quickly.
If you or a loved one is hurt in an accident such as this, please feel free to contact a board certified personal injury attorney at the Hart Law Firm to set up a free consultation.