A Department of Public Safety accident investigation team is trying to determine why two semi rigs collided on U.S. 287 early Wednesday morning catching fire and killing two people and slightly injuring one.
The accident happened at 2 a.m. just south of Rifle Range Road in the northbound lanes.
The victims from the wreck were Martin Cain, 46, and Ronnie Brown, 29, from Florida, who were pronounced dead at the scene.
It was a horrendous scene as flames erupted after two semi rigs collided near Iowa Park. Two died and one was injured.
“During the crash, one of the 18 wheelers caught fire and then shortly after that the second 18 wheeler caught fire,” Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Dan Buesing said.
One person was transported to United Regional and pronounced dead, the other was pronounced dead on the scene. Both were in the same truck cab, and the injured person was in the other rig.
Fellow truck drivers said this tragedy underscores the importance of always staying vigilant and alert, not only in big rigs but in the smaller vehicles that share the road with them.
“You just gotta make sure you’re following your gut instincts, make sure you get that following distance between you and that other car or make sure the cars around you aren’t driving to where it can cause you an accident,” trucker Dylan Wright said.
Truckers said no matter the road conditions and weather, there is no time a driver can let your attention lapse, especially with distractions that take eyes and mind off the road.
“Texting and driving and falling asleep at the wheel, being exhausted or getting angry at other drivers and being erratic and not doing what they are supposed to,” Wright said.
Truckers also remind drivers of the smaller vehicles that extreme care should be taken while driving near or next to the big rigs.
“Everything we do is pretty important especially the way we drive, people don’t understand sometimes how hard it is sometimes to drive one of these,” Wright said.
“It’s better to get to the destination alive than in an ambulance,” trucker Robert Butts said.
Both truckers said if everyone on the roads would watch what they are doing, and watch what the other vehicles are doing, more people would arrive home safe and alive.
DPS officials said the weather was clear and road conditions were dry at the time of the accident.
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