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Two children hurt in Texas car wreck involving an 18-wheeler

Any car accident will likely involve some damage to at least one vehicle. If someone is injured, especially if that person is child, the tragedy of the accident is compounded. A recent accident involving a passenger car and an 18-wheeler  involved all of these elements, and, unfortunately, resulted in injuries to helpless children who were passengers in the car.

The accident happened on Texas 114 just east of Rhome. It happened shortly before 7 p.m. on a recent evening. A Department of Public Safety trooper confirmed the details about what happened to the press.

An 18-wheeler was traveling eastbound on Texas 114. The driver, 35, slowed into order to turn right, intending to go into City Concrete. A passenger car was right behind him and was also traveling eastbound. The driver of the car, 44, reportedly turned to look at the back seat for a moment.

He looked forward again, but not quickly enough. Before he could react, his car hit the back of the 18-wheeler, colliding with its back left tire.

The accident shut down eastbound traffic for over an hour and a half. It resumed around 8:40 p.m. that evening.

Two of the car driver's children, ages 6 and 14, were injured and were taken by air to Cook's Children's Hospital, which is in Fort Worth. Another child, 7, was also injured and was taken to the same hospital by ground ambulance. The car driver was taken to Fort Worth's John Peter Smith Hospital by ground ambulance. The driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured.

It is not known whether there was anything about the 18-wheeler's slowing to turn into City Concrete that contributed to the accident or not. Regardless of that determination, this case certainly shows everyone the importance of keeping attention on surrounding vehicles at all times to minimize the chances of accidents.

Source: WC Messenger, "4 hurt in Texas 114 wreck" Feb. 16, 2015

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