31-year-old Susana Longoria was one of four victims killed in a Fort Worth truck accident earlier this week.
The accident started after a minor crash involving two cars, which moved to the left shoulder so that the drivers could assist one another. A third vehicle then pulled over to offer additional assistance. An 18-wheeler then collided with the stopped vehicles, and a second semi-truck soon did the same thing, creating a deadly pileup.
According to WFAA-TV, Longoria was killed along with 25-year-old Chase Mapes, 23-year-old Kiara Barker, and 21-year-old Jasmine Jones.
As WFAA points out, restrictions in large Texas cities like Fort Worth ban 18-wheelers and other large trucks from driving in the left lane. According to Fort Worth police, there’s a “loophole” allowing trucks in the left lane for the purposes of passing and exiting, though it’s unclear whether the trucks involved in this accident were doing either.
The accident is still under investigation, and police are unsure if anyone will face charges.
“We want to know what happened,” Longoria’s sister told WFAA.
Longoria had recently joined a church and was planning on being baptized this coming Sunday. Instead, her family will gather for her funeral the following week. They started this gofundme account to help cover expenses.
Texas Truck Accidents Are on the Rise
Texas roads are congested with 18-wheelers, oversize load trucks, delivery trucks, and more. The number of accidents and fatalities is also up sharply. A recent study of federal transportation data shows that Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston are among the 10 most dangerous places to drive in the nation—and statistics released by the Texas Department of Transportation since that time show that the state’s highway deaths jumped more than 7% between 2019 and 2020 and more than 15% between 2020 and 2021.
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