SAPD: Pickup versus big rig crash injures one

A collision between an 18-wheeler and a pickup truck early Friday morning sent one man to the hospital and shut down traffic on Arden Road.

At approximately 6:21 a.m. Friday, police responded to a call  of a major motor vehicle crash with injuries in the 4100 block of Arden Road, according to a release from the San Angelo Police Department.

Officers located a collision between a black 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck and an 18-wheeler.

The driver of the pickup, a 24-year-old San Angelo man, was taken by ambulance to Shannon Medical Center with incapacitating injuries. His current condition is unknown.

The driver of the 18-wheeler, a 28-year-old resident of Piedras Negras, Mexico, sustained minor injuries and was evaluated by paramedics from the San Angelo Fire Department at the scene.

According to the release, it was determined that the pickup was traveling westbound on Arden Road above the posted speed limit when the driver noticed the 18-wheeler in the roadway, attempting to back into a vacant lot.

Evidence at the scene shows the pickup’s driver applied the brakes approximately 239 feet before it crashed into the cab of the 18-wheeler.

The release states that the force of the collision caused extensive damage to both vehicles. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts.

Crash investigators listed the pickup’s speed as the contributing factor to this crash.

The 18-wheeler, registered to Express Navarrete Trucking in Eagle Pass was delivering a payload of bricks to a nearby brickyard.

Traffic was diverted from the scene for nearly two and a half hours. San Angelo Fire Department, Tom Green County Sheriff’s and Texas Department of Public Safety units assisted at the scene.

According to the release, citations may be issued pending the outcome of the investigation.