A two-truck crash in San Antonio, Texas, claimed the life of one person and shut down the interstate for nearly nine hours yesterday.
Violent Crash Leaves Semi On Top Of Tow Truck
The crash happened on southbound I-35 west of Somerset Road around 9:30 p.m when a flatbed semi truck somehow drove over the top of a tow truck that was assisting another truck that had become disabled along the side of the interstate.
— News 4 San Antonio (@News4SA) November 30, 2017
Reports on how the crash occurred are conflicting.
According to San Antonio Police Department Sgt. Arthur Lindley, the crash may have occurred when a slower-moving tow truck pulling a disabled bobtail truck changed lanes in front of a semi truck that was traveling at approximately 70 m.p.h.
Lindley explained that the semi truck driver wasn’t able to avoid the crash: “He ran right over the top of it, couldn’t stop.”
Other sources say that the semi truck changed lanes from the left lane to the right lane and crashed into the tow truck as it assisted a broken down truck.
However the crash occurred, the semi crushed the vehicle that the tow truck was hauling as well as the passenger side of the tow truck.
The person in the passenger seat of the tow truck became trapped in the crash and died at the scene. Both the semi truck driver and the tow truck driver were taken to the hospital. Both drivers are listed in stable condition.
The identities of the people involved in the crash have not yet been released.
The crash is still under investigation.
Hazmat crews responded to the scene of the crash.
Southbound I-35 was shut down from the time of the crash until around 6:30 this morning.