Truck and 18-wheeler collide, 1 dead
A man is dead after a truck and a commercial 18-wheeler collided Tuesday morning on U.S. 290 in Elgin, Texas Department of Public Safety said.
Joseph Shane Osborne, 24, of McDade was driving a Wattinger Service Co. truck when he collided with the semi that failed to yield the right of way at the intersection of U.S. 290 and FM 696.. A forklift attached to the back of the semi trailer was protruding into the westbound lane, said officials.
The driver of the semi was unharmed. He has been identified by police officials as Matthew Robert Shaw, 28, of Thrall.
The crash occurred shortly before 7 a.m. All lanes travelling westbound were shut down for a short time in order for crews to clear away debris from the crash.
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