When an 18-wheeler accident results in a wrongful death or personal injury, it is important to immediately begin an investigation to gather evidence. This is because federal regulations favor transportation companies by allowing them to destroy evidence after a period of time if a specific document called a spoliation letter is not sent to the company. This legal letter, generally sent by a semi truck accident lawyer, requests that the company not destroy specific evidence.

Two accidents involving six 18-wheelers occurred at the same area early in the morning on April 8, 2016 on Interstate 35 near Yarrington Road in Kyle. The first crash took place just after midnight in the southbound lanes of the highway near a construction zone.

Highway SafetyAn 18-wheeler rear-ended a pickup truck that was carrying three men. The pickup truck was pushed into an 18-wheeler in front of it and the pickup truck caught fire. Nearby police officers who were monitoring the construction zone removed two of the men in the truck, but could not reach the driver, who died at the scene. The other two men in the pickup were hospitalized with injuries. In addition, four Kyle police officers who assisted at the scene were treated for smoke inhalation.

The second accident occurred at 2:55 a.m. on southbound I-35 near Center Road, at mile marker 213 near the scene of the first crash. Police officers say that this accident was caused because of traffic backup due to the first accident. An 18-wheeler rear-ended a pickup truck again, which pushed the truck into another tractor trailer, which hit a third and then a fourth big rig.  That crash injured an off-duty Austin Police officer who was airlifted to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center with serious injuries.

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