Two people have lost their after a semi-truck operated by a male driver crashed into a broken down 1997 Ford Probe operated by a female driver in the westbound lanes near Mason, Texas along U.S. Route 290 a little before 5 a.m. on Thursday, November 19.
Sergeant Stewart Wolverton of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said the female driver attempted to “flag the 18-wheeler down” after she was forced to stop on the right-hand side of the road with her vehicle partially obstructing the right lane.
The male big rig driver and a male passenger in the Ford died of injuries at the scene of the accident. Two more passengers in the Ford, one male and the other female, sustained non-critical injuries.
Vikki Cavio, a Texas resident who lives near the highway, noted that construction projects near the area have made traversing the stretch of road especially dangerous. She told reporters, “You can’t see and if somebody has to pull over, a big rig is not going to see them.”
The Texas Department of Transportation reported that there has not been a rise in accidents in that area of Highway 290 since construction began, but officials still warned drivers to remain vigilant when it comes to driving safely along those roads.