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DPS says weather caused two tractor-trailer crashes
PAT KOPECKI/Reprints at wilsoncountynews.com
Packages and debris are strewn about the roadside March 9 following a crash on S.H. 97 outside Stockdale involving a tandem tractor-trailer owned by FedEx. No one was injured.
Recent weather conditions are being blamed on two Wilson County wrecks involving tractor-trailers.
Trooper Al Alejos of the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol suspects that wind shear caused an early morning crash March 9 on S.H. 97 northwest of Stockdale, which involved a tandem tractor-trailer. The truck’s driver, James Douglass Hollan, 56, of San Antonio had just left a FedEx distribution facility in San Antonio en route to Victoria. Just before 3:27 a.m., Alejos said Hollan reported that the second trailer swung left and the rest of the truck followed. This sent the vehicle off the road.
The second trailer then overturned, hit a tree, and split in two, spilling its load of packages into the surrounding grass. Hollan, however, was not injured.
Wind shear also is being blamed for a similar incident involving a semi towing a tanker trailer on the same stretch of roadway six hours before. Alejos said witnesses reported that the truck “looked like someone pushed it” when it left the roadway. In this case, however, the vehicle did not strike anything, and the driver was able to right the vehicle and proceed.
Alejos said he remained in service at the scene until 11 a.m.
Rain is being labeled as partially responsible for a March 10 wreck on U.S. 181 between Poth and Floresville, which involved a semi owned by Mud Lodging Co., which was towing a modular office building. DPS Trooper Anthony Flores said at approximately 10:25 a.m., the vehicle allegedly was traveling too fast when it entered a curve, causing the truck and trailer to overturn onto the grass median. The driver, 48-year-old Miguel Mendez of Houston, was not injured but was ticketed for unsafe speed, Flores said.
Southbound traffic was reduced to one lane until 5:30 p.m., as crews worked to clear the scene.
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