18 Wheeler Goes Over Railing Into Creek – 1 Dead

DPS Sgt Robbie Barrera reports that the DPS was notified of a 1 vehicle rollover on US 290 NW of Marble Falls at 12:27am Thursday morning.  When the trooper arrived he found a Freightliner pulling a semi-trailer rolled over on its right side in a creek.  The trooper concluded from the evidence at the scene that the 18 wheeler was east bound on US290 when, for some unknown reason, it drifted to the right outside of its lane and struck the guardrail, then over into the creek. 

The driver of the truck, 70 yr old Jesus Bustamante of Nogales. AZ, was transported to St. David’s Hospital in Austin. A passenger in the truck, Alejandro Bustamante, 27 of Nogales, AZ, was dead at the scene. The crash is still under investigation.

Not all anniversaries are happy and Nov. 7 was one of the saddest of all. Since Nov. 7, 2000, at least one person has died on Texas roadways every single day. In an effort to end this deadly 18-year milestone, the Texas Department of Transportation, through its #EndTheStreakTX  campaign, reminds drivers it’s a shared responsibility among roadway users and engineers to keep our roads safe.  

“We all have the power to end the streak of daily deaths on Texas roadways,” said Texas Transportation Commissioner Laura Ryan. “Don’t drink and drive; put away the cell phone; buckle up; and obey traffic laws. Be the driver you would want next to you, in front of you or behind you. Together, we can end the streak.”

●Buckle seatbelts – all passengers need to be buckled

●Pay attention – put phone away and avoid distractions

●Never drink and drive – drunk driving kills; get a sober ride home

●Drive the speed limit – obey speed limits and drive slower when weather conditions warrant