SILSBEE, TX (03/22/2016) — Linda Brown died early Tuesday morning as a result of an 18-wheeler wreck on Highway 96.
Authorities have identified 50-year-old Linda Marie Brown as the victim of a fatal 18-wheeler accident that occurred in the 3400 block of Highway 96 in Silsbee, Texas.
A police spokesperson stated that at around 6:30 a.m., Brown was traveling southbound in a 2012 Ford SUV when she collided with an 18-wheeler—driven by 72-year-old Willie Addison—which was attempting to make a U-turn onto the northbound lanes of the highway.
Brown lost her life in the accident.
Google StreetView images indicate that the site of the crash was along a rural, two-lane highway with some areas that would allow a legal U-turn. However, these highway crossovers are clearly not meant for 18-wheelers.
As a licensed commercial driver, the trucker is responsible for finding an appropriate location for making such a maneuver, and waiting for a safe moment to do so. If the truck driver failed in this responsibility, he (and the trucking company) may be held liable for the resulting crash. Unfortunately, we just won’t know the facts surrounding this accident until an investigation has been completed.