Two Dead Following Thursday Morning Accident; Investigation Continues
Published October 26, 2012 11:25am by
Troopers with the Texas Dept. of Public Safety are still looking into details of a major Thursday morning accident, which claimed the lives of two women and involved a pick-up, passenger car and two tractor-trucks with trailers.
The incident, according to DPS Trooper Michael West, occurred at 6:14 a.m. Tuesday morning on U.S. 62/180, at the intersection of CR 209, approximately two miles west of the western city limits of Seminole.
"At this time, the investigation is still ongoing," said West, in a Friday morning interview with the Seminole Sentinel.
Due to the investigation, West has not formally released the names of the deceased, but only identified them as a 31-year-old female from Seminole, who was driving a pick-up truck at the time of the incident, and a 74-year-old female from Hobbs, N.M., who was a passenger in the passenger car involved in the accident.
"We are still attempting to make contact with some family members of those involved and gathering information into the cause of this incident," said West.
West was unable to confirm a direct cause of Thursday's accident, but stated foggy conditions at the time of the incident would be considered as one of the contributing factors.
Initial investigation indicates the 31-year-old female driving the pick-up (which will be identified as Unit 1 by the Sentinel) was traveling west bound on U.S. 62/180 and struck one of the truck-tractors. (which will be identified as Unit 2 by the Sentinel).
Shortly following that incident, West indicated it appeared the passenger car (being identified as Unit 3 by the Sentinel), which was traveling eastbound on 62/180, had struck Unit 2 as it was stopped in the roadway, because of the initial accident. Unit 3, shortly after striking Unit 2, was struck by the second tractor-truck/trailer (Unit 4), which was also traveling eastbound on U.S. 62/180.
Troopers, as of presstime Friday, were continuing their investigation of the incident and stated they would release more information as they become available. Updates of the investigation process will be reported via the Seminole Sentinel's Facebook page and online at www.seminolesentinel.com, as they become available.