VEGA, TX (11/01/2016) — An head-on collision involving two semi-trailers claimed the lives of David Garza and Edward Carrillo on Tuesday morning.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), 70-year-old David Garza was killed in an 18-wheeler accident that occurred along Highway 385 in Vega, Texas.
DPS reported that at around 7:45 a.m., 37-year-old Edward Carrillo was traveling southbound in a semi-trailer when he crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a northbound 18-wheeler, driven by Garza. The impact claimed the lives of both men.
DPS officials believe that Carrillo may have fallen asleep at the wheel, thus causing the crash. An investigation is ongoing.
Officials have already said that they suspect drowsy driving may have led to this fatal 18-wheeler accident, and studies have shown that drowsy drivers are often just as dangerous as drunk drivers.
A CDC study found that more than 4% of drivers report that they had fallen asleep behind the wheel in the 30 days prior to being asked. Just as with distracted driving, drowsy driving is a serious problem on our highways, and it’s imperative that drivers pull over and rest if they’re tired (especially if on a long trip).
We would like to extend our condolences to those affected by this crash.