Multiple Vehicle Crash on Trinity River Bridge Results in Fatality and Injuries
In a tragic incident that occurred on Tuesday, January 15, a multiple vehicle crash took place on U.S. Highway 59 south, specifically on the Trinity River Bridge in San Jacinto County, Texas. The crash, which happened around 8:20 a.m., has been investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).
According to the DPS news release, the initial investigation reveals that a Toyota Tundra and a Volkswagen Beetle were both traveling south when the Toyota lost control. Subsequently, it was hit by a Freightliner truck tractor semi-trailer, which then collided with the Volkswagen. This collision resulted in the death of one woman and left multiple individuals injured.
The driver of the Toyota, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries, was rushed to CHI St. Luke’s Hospital for treatment. Following this crash, a second collision occurred when an International truck tractor semi-trailer began to slow down and was hit by a Freightliner truck tractor semi-trailer. Fortunately, no injuries were reported in this second crash.
A third crash ensued when a Peterbilt truck tractor semi-trailer came to a stop in the road. In an attempt to avoid hitting the Peterbilt, a Chevrolet Silverado veered left but ended up colliding with the rear of the International truck involved in the second crash. Fortunately, no injuries were reported in this third crash.
In a chain reaction, a Toyota Rav4 was then hit from behind by a Chevrolet Impala, which subsequently caused a collision involving a Ford F-150. Additionally, a Kenworth truck tractor semi-trailer managed to safely veer to the left to avoid the crash but was struck by a Nissan.
Tragically, a passenger of the Ford, identified as Selina Gilchriest, lost her life due to the injuries sustained during the crash. The driver of the Impala, Jaqueline Teeters, was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Ford, Drew Broom, and an 8-year-old child who was also in the car were both transported to CHI St. Luke’s Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Investigations into the crash are ongoing, and authorities are working to determine the precise cause of the multiple vehicle collision. Our thoughts go out to the families and loved ones affected by this tragic incident..