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18-wheeler crash on Hwy. 62 in Orange raises safety questions

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ORANGE COUNTY - An accident involving an 18-wheeler has drivers questioning the safety of that area of highway in Orange. The crash took place around 6 a.m. in front of the Pilot Truck Stop on State Highway 62 just south of I-10.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the tractor-trailer was pulling out of the truck stop parking lot onto the highway when it collided with a Chevy impala. The driver of the Impala, Chuck Davis, 44, of Orange, apparently tried to stop but couldn't. Davis said he’s surprised he was able to walk away from the accident.

With blood still on his face Davis described the moment his car crashed into an 18 wheeler in front of this truck stop in orange.

"I was driving down highway 62 and saw him try to pull out.  I tried to stop and I could not stop before we collided," said Davis.


It's an area drivers like Ray Schafer, of Orange, say has seen too many accidents.

“I’ve seen probably 12,” Schafer said. “I think it's dangerous for people to travel on, the turning lanes aren't worth a crap out here.”

Fellow truck driver Artus Luke, said he’s familiar with the truck stop and uses extreme caution when pulling out onto the highway.

“Depending on the time, traffic is real heavy,” Luke said. “You've got to time the red light just right, if not you'll get stuck.”

They're hoping a turning lane or traffic light is installed to reduce the number of accidents in the area, especially those involving big rigs.

DPS Trooper Stephanie Davis told 12News that the driver of the truck, Stephen Fuller, 56, of Alabama, was not injured and received a citation for failure to yield right-of-way.


Davis received only minor injuries in the accident, although his car is a total loss.  He was treated on the scene.




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