Jaws of Life Used After a Distracted Driver Collides With an 18-Wheeler
SAN ANGELO, TEXAS -- Shortly before 9 a.m. this morning, a two-vehicle accident on the westbound side of South US HWY 87 has left one person trapped in their vehicle with unknown injuries.
LIVE! is on-scene where firefighters are using the jaws of life to extract the driver of the white truck from the vehicle.
At this time, all westbound lanes on US-87 are closed to traffic as law enforcement agents investigate the accident.
No word on the injuries of the driver of the 18-wheeler. The driver of the white truck has been taken to a nearby hospital via ambulance.
Tom Green County Sheriff's Officers, Department of Public Safety Officers, Wall Volunteer Fire department, Fire Engine 4, Fire Rescue, and one Ambulance responded to the accident.
LIVE! will provide an update as more information becomes available.
UPDATEL July 13, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Three days after a major vehicle accident in the westbound lanes of US-87, the Department of Public Safety has found the cause of the accident.
In a preliminary investigation report from Sgt. Baker it states that a white 2016 Dodge Ram pickup was traveling northbound on U.S HWY 87 following a semi-trailer when the driver of the truck began reaching for her purse/phone. The driver's distraction caused her to rear-end the semi-truck.
The driver of the Dodge was issued a citation for Failure to Control Speed and for Not Wearing a Safety Belt.
At this time, there are no updates on the condition of the driver who was extracted from her vehicle by firefighters using the jaws of life.