Police Officer and Firefighter Die in Tragic Texas Accident while Responding to Earlier Crash
LUBBOCK, TX- Ncadvertiser.com writes that two first responders died in a tragic crash while they were responding to an earlier call. The incident took place on Interstate 27 in the morning over the weekend. As severe weather descended upon the region, icy roads led to multiple crashes.*
While the officers were on the scene of a collision in the northbound lanes, a vehicle traveling south slipped on the slick pavement and veered over the median. The vehicle struck a firefighter and two police officers.
The crash killed a 27-year-old police officer at the scene. At the hospital, a 39-year-old firefighter was declared dead. Another firefighter, a 30-year-old man, sustained critical injuries, and medical personnel rushed him into surgery.
The police officer had been serving with his department for one year. The firefighter killed in the crash recently celebrated his tenth year serving in Lubbock.
The police department released a warning to drivers regarding the road conditions and the need to slow down. The fire chief told reporters that if drivers respected the conditions of the road, then these types of tragedies could be avoided.
Inclement weather is a major contributing factor in many car crashes. Rain leads to more fatal collisions than any other type of weather event, but snow, ice and fog all cause many accidents as well. Sometimes driving at the speed limit is still too fast. When roads are slick, it may be necessary to drive well below posted speed limits. Ice can be especially complicated for drivers because it may form in some parts of the road and not others.
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Sources:https://www.ncadvertiser.com/news/texas/article/Texas-officer-firefighter-killed-while-working-14967885.php and https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/weather/q1_roadimpact.htm
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