Two men escape serious injury in head-on mishap

Two men escaped serious injury following a near head-on collision between a van hauling sand on a flatbed trailer and an 18-wheeler hauling a bulldozer and a backhoe that occurred around 5:15 p.m. Thursday approximately 10 miles west of Brady on U.S. Hwy. 87. The van was driven by Michael Still of Midland and was headed west on U.S. 87 when the driver lost control. Hauling an estimated 12,000 pounds of sand on a 16-foot flatbed trailer, Still was attempting to slow down when the trailer began to jackknife. The 18-wheeler, driven by Wayne Allen Altis, was headed toward Brady. He noticed the oncoming van losing control and began to slow his rig in an attempt to avoid the accident. Still lost control of the vehicle and crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic and was struck by the 18-wheeler. The van was knocked back into his lane and the tractor trailer careened off the road across the ditch and into a field. After being transported to the Heart of Texas Memorial Hospital, both drivers were treated and released with only minor injuries. “Both of these individuals were very lucky they were not more seriously hurt,” stated Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Sam Gonzalez. “It is amazing that things did not turn out worse than they did.”

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