Early yesterday morning at around 1:10, a semi-truck drove off the bridge at South Interstate 35E and Sterrett Road. The driver, Seagoville resident Bobby McAdams Jr., was killed in the accident.
According to the Waxahachie Fire Department, fire trucks and EMS arrived at the scene to discover the accident only involved one vehicle, the tractor-trailer. During the accident, the semi-truck rolled over and took out a guardrail before flying off the bridge and landing at the bottom of an embankment.
There wasn’t a fire, but the 54-year-old truck driver was trapped inside, still alive. Responders had to cut him out.
On the way to the hospital, Mcadams’ status dropped from stable to unstable. McAdams later died at the hospital. What caused the accident is currently unknown; the Waxahachie Police Department are performing an investigation.
The Story Behind One-Vehicle Crashes
When we think of truck wrecks, we often imagine fender-benders, T-boning and multi-car pile ups. However, not all accidents involve multiple cars. According to statistics from the International Institute for Highway Safety, 48 percent of all deadly Texas auto accidents only involve a single vehicle. That comes out to just under 1,100 deadly single-vehicle crashes per year.
So if there isn’t another vehicle that’s clearly at fault, what might cause a trucker to crash? The range of answers is broad. We know I-35 and other Fort Worth roadways are bogged down by construction, potholes and heavy traffic, meaning that even if another car isn’t directly involved in an accident, external factors could still be to blame.
Then there’s the issue of poor commercial truck maintenance or faulty part manufacturing. Truckers are required to do a pre-trip inspection before hitting the road, and if they don’t complete a thorough report, they might miss equipment problems that could lead to a wreck. Similarly, if there are undetectable manufacturer defects (for example, a tire defect involving tread separation), it can cause tire blowouts or engine malfunctions, which will also cause a crash.
Last, the trucker could be to blame. Speeding, alcohol and drug use, cell phone use, eating while driving, tailgating and drowsy driving are all linked to higher single-truck crash rates.