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Speeding pickup’s hydroplane leads to set of chain reaction semi crashes 


Two separate crashes involving semi trucks began with one pickup’s hydroplane in Texas, troopers say. 

The set of crashes occurred on Wednesday, March 30th on Interstate 10 at Womack Road in Orange County, Texas at around 1:30 p.m. 

Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety say that the set of crashes began with a motorist in a pickup truck traveling at unsafe speeds on a wet eastbound I-10, which caused them to hydroplane and strike the inside guard rail. The pickup was then struck by a 2015 Freightliner that was unable to avoid the spun-out pickup, reported 12 News Now.

Shortly after the first crash, a 2014 Freightliner and a 2019 Freightliner were traveling eastbound on I-10, one behind another, when the 2019 Freightliner slowed for the wreck involving the pickup. The driver in the 2014 Freightliner traveling behind the 2019 then failed to slow and jack-knifed, causing it to lose its load of cinderblocks. It is not clear if the 2014 struck the 2019 during the jackknife and subsequent lost load. 

Luckily, no injuries were reported in the series of crashes. No further information has been released, and the accidents are still under investigation.


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