April Car Wreck Blog

April is typically Distracted Driving Awareness Month, but The National Safety Council (NSC) has postponed observing Distracted Driving Awareness Month amid concerns stemming from the spread of COVID-19. That doesn’t mean we can’t observe it on our own. Here are some crashes reported in Texas over the last several days:

Houston, Texas

A multiple-vehicle accident Wednesday, April 9, 2020 in north Houston is being blamed on a distracted driver who told Harris County sheriff’s deputies that he was distracted by a spider, causing him to hit three vehicles, pushing one of them into another car. Photos from the crash show multiple damaged vehicles, three of which were parked at the time of the accident.

Tyler, Texas

Around 10:30 p.m. Friday, April 10 th, Troopers responded to a fatal crash on FM-856, about five miles southwest of the city of New Summerfield near Tyler, Texas. The investigators’ preliminary report indicates that the driver of a 2008 Dodge Saturn, Joe Roy White, …

Car Wreck Kills One and Injures Three Louisiana Men in Texas

One person was killed and three more were injured following a Sunday morning rollover crash on Interstate 20 in Gregg County.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, around 3 a.m., troopers responded to a fatal crash on I-20 East, about three miles west of Kilgore.

The preliminary crash report indicates the driver of a passenger car, identified as Hesler Alberto Quintanilla-Rodriguez, 20, of Baton Rouge, was traveling eastbound on I-20 at an unsafe speed for the wet road conditions. Passengers in the vehicle were identified as Jose Nahum Santamaria-Quintanilla, 27, of Baton Rouge; Heydy Morales, 29, of Baton Rouge; and a 10-year-old.…

Car Wreck Kills Canton Texas Man

A Canton man is dead following a Saturday morning wreck.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, troopers responded to a crash on State Highway 198, about four miles northeast of Canton, just before 6:15 a.m.

The preliminary crash report indicates the driver of a car, identified as Donald James Long, 29, of Canton, was traveling northeast on SH 198 approaching a curve in the roadway. For an unknown reason, the vehicle left the roadway to the west, traveled along a ditch and struck a driveway. The car then went airborne, hitting a fence post then a tree.…

A Port Lavaca man was killed after colliding with a train

James Daniel Gravis Jr., 57, was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Calvin Anderle at 11:05 p.m. after he was transported to the Memorial Medical Center.

Gravis was crossing railroad track number 448522N off the highway in front of the Dow Chemical Plant when he failed to yield to the train, said Sgt. Ruben San Miguel, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The train struck his Chevrolet Silverado as a result and pushed the vehicle into a grassy ditch.
Gravis was traveling with a passenger, Ebony Valadez, a 33-year-old Port Lavaca resident, who was transported by the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office to the hospital to be with him, San Miguel said.

Officials with the Union Pacific Railroad Company, Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, EMS and Calhoun County Office of Emergency Management were on the scene in addition to the Texas Department of Public Safety, which is still investigating the crash.

The train wasn’t traveling “very …

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