An accident between a pick-up truck and an 18-wheeler hauling gravel occurred Monday morning, Jan. 20 at about 8 a.m. at the intersection of Highways 16 and 114.
There were no injuries in the accident, largely thanks to what Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Tres Lattimore called evasive maneuvering from the driver of the 18-wheeler.
“We had a highly skilled 18-wheeler driver, so when the truck pulled out, he took evasive action and swerved to the south,” Lattimore said.
According to the Lattimore, the 18-wheeler was heading west on 114 from Jacksboro, when a pick-up truck headed south on 16 pulled in front of the 18-wheeler. The driver of the 18-wheeler swerved to the south to avoid the pick-up truck, collided with the truck, and then turned over on its side on the west side of the intersection.
“If he would have kept going (the driver of the 18 wheeler) and hit him harder, it would have been much worse,” Lattimore said.
Lattimore added that the intersection at Highways 16 and 114 is notorious for deadly accidents, and were it not for the alertness of the 18-wheeler driver, this accident would have most likely resulted in severe injuries and possible fatalities.
Officers and crews were still managing the site, aiding in the clean-up and directing traffic as of 10 a.m. on Monday. At this time, the names of both drivers have not been released.
The Graham Leader will update the story as details become available.