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Hamilton County – Victims of 3-Car Crash on US 281 Identified

Posted on Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 at 11:33 am    

The two drivers who died in a fatal vehicular collision on US 281 have been identified by local authorities, according to a local news source.

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) said that the deadly accident took place on US 281 about 1.5 miles north of Hico, but south of the State Highway 6 split. A 2019 Volvo truck-tractor semi-trailer was seen heading north when, for yet unknown reasons, it suddenly crossed the center line and drifted into the path of a northbound 2015 Freightliner truck-tractor semi-trailer. Both vehicles collided head-on. Following the impact, a southbound 2011 Mack TTST was not able to slow down in time, hitting both the Volvo and Freightliner.

Both drivers of the Volvo and Freightliner were pronounced deceased at the scene. They were identified as James Crabtree, 33, of San Antonio, and Ronald Ross, 59, of Millsap, respectively.

Fortunately, the driver of the Mack, identified as Elmer Saling, 66, of Lawn, was not hurt.

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According to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), car accidents happen almost every minute of the day, and for every 16 minutes, a car accident occurs that results in death. So that is about 6 million car accidents every year and 90 people dying in car accidents every day in the U.S. alone. Despite the government’s aggressive efforts to keep these cases down, Texas remains the worst state in the country for alcohol-involved car crashes.

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