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Dump truck rolls over car, killing driver

A Texas woman was killed after a dump truck rolled over her car. She had been on her way home with her grandson, who survived the accident. The truck had been headed west on FM 1626 in Hays County when its driver lost control. The truck hit one car before it rolled onto the 58-year-old grandmother's vehicle, crushing it and burying it with dirt. The truck driver said he swerved to avoid hitting another vehicle that cut him off before he lost control of his vehicle.

Although officials have not determined the cause of the fatal accident, area residents interviewed by a local television station have stated that the stretch of road where the crash occurred is unsafe. However, construction has been underway since September 2012 and is expected to be completed by 2014. The roadwork is intended to widen the two-lane highway to four lanes as well as add a center turn lane. The changes to the roadway are expected to accommodate the increase in traffic due to the area's growing population.

Nearby residents have expressed their concerns with the construction. One man who lives off FM 1626 said that he is worried that the stretch of road would still be dangerous because no extra stoplights are planned. He foresees a potentially dangerous left-hand turn, because residents of his complex will be required to cross two or three lanes of traffic without the aid of a stoplight. Reports say that the construction only includes one additional stop light.

This unfortunate accident could have been caused by several factors, including negligence, distracted driving or the condition of the roadway. The woman's family might decide to file wrongful death claims against the trucking company, Hays County or the Texas Department of Transportation in order to obtain compensation.

Source: KXAN, "Residents questions safety of road where deadly crash occurred", Erin Cargile, Lindsay Bramson, Angie Beavin, November 12, 2013

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