Ellis County Crash Kills One, Injures One
Following too closely is a common cause of rear-end accidents. All drivers know that cars need a certain amount of distance to slow or stop safely, but people still drive too close. Some do it to prevent other cars from merging between them. Others do it to take advantage of the slipstream and increase gas mileage. Neither of these reasons is worth a trip to the hospital or the loss of a life.
According to the Waxahachie Daily Light, a three-vehicle accident happened on SH34 near the border of Ellis County and Kaufman County. Two of the vehicles, an SUV and a pickup towing a trailer, were going south on the road. The SUV slowed down and the pickup struck the rear of that vehicle. This caused it to move into the other lane and crash into a third car.
The driver of the third car was killed at the scene, and the driver of the SUV had to be taken by air to Parkland Memorial Hospital. The pickup driver was uninjured despite crashing twice. It is unknown if he will be facing any charges.
We do not know if that driver was following too closely, but one of the things people hauling trailers have to do is increase their stopping distance. The heavier the vehicle, then longer it takes to slow down or stop.