A crash between a car and an 18-wheeler killed 23-year-old Luis Arellano Velazquez of Hughes Springs shortly before 5:00 Tuesday morning. The 18-wheeler was northbound just outside Pittsburg when it was struck from behind by the passenger vehicle. The driver of the car was Velazquez. They transported him to Pittsburg’s hospital, where they pronounced him dead. The driver of the truck was not injured.
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
Number of Vehicles in Crash: 2 Number of Injured: 0 Number killed: 1
Date & Time: 12/07/2021 4:45 AM
Location: US 271, approximately 400 feet north of Pittsburg, TX
Posted Speed Limit: 65 mph
Vehicle 1: 2017, Freightliner, truck-tractor towing a semi-trailer
Vehicle 2: 2010, Chevrolet, Malibu
Edward Salazar, male, 59 YOA, of Kilgore, TX.
Driver 2: Deceased
Luis Arellano Velazquez, male, 23 YOA, of Hughes Springs, TX.
Pronounced by: J.P. Harold Kennington, at UT-Health East Texas – Pittsburg.
Preliminary investigation indicates Unit 1 and towed trailer were traveling north on US 271 in the outside lane. Unit 2 was also traveling north on US 271 in the outside lane. Unit 2 failed to control speed and struck the back of the towed trailer.
Weather Condition: Clear
Road Conditions: Dry
Investigated By: Trooper Sandy Taylor, DPS Gilmer