Driver Dies After Crashing Stolen Pickup into Semi-Truck in Texas
CLEVELAND, TX. – According to an online news report from chron.com, a driver died after crashing a stolen pickup into a semi-truck in Cleveland, Texas.*
The crash occurred on State Highway 105 in Cleveland. A 2012 Chevrolet pickup truck traveling east on the Highway 105 bypass veered into the west lane and struck a westbound semi-truck head-on. The semi-truck was carrying a large load and caught on fire after impact.
The driver of the semi-truck, who has not been identified, was able to escape the burning vehicle and was not injured. The driver of the Chevy pickup, 39-year-old John Wesley Pillow, of Cleveland, Texas, was trapped in the pickup and died at the scene.
It is not clear what caused Pillow to veer into oncoming traffic. The Cleveland Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas Department of Transportation responded to the scene. Highway 105 was shut down for about eight hours after the wreck, as Hazmat crews cleared the scene and officials investigated. During their preliminary investigation, authorities discovered the Chevy pickup was a stolen vehicle registered in Florida. No additional information has been reported at this time.
According to recent reports, head-on vehicle collisions make up a small percentage of all the traffic accidents that occur every year in the United States. However, they account for a significant percentage of annual fatal collisions in the country. Only 2 percent of all annual U.S. traffic collisions involve head-on collisions, but they cause about 10 percent of annual crash-related deaths in the nation. The impact angle and force of these crashes causes them to be more fatal and lead to more serious injuries than other kinds of traffic collisions.
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