Monitor Staff Reports
CANTON–A Brownsboro man is dead following a nine-vehicle pile up on the I-20 near Canton Monday.
The chain reaction occured near the Myrtle Springs Cemetery Road exit two miles east of Canton. Earlier that day crews conducting maintenance work and the highway had been narrowed to one-lane.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Jean Dark, the accident occurred about 2:30 p.m. when an 18-wheeler traveling in the right lane of traffic “failed to control his speed and ran into the back of a 2007 Ford Escape traveling in that same lane.”
The Ford Escape then ran into the back of a 2013 Ford SEL. The Ford SEL came up on the back of a 2015 KIA Soul which which ran up on a 1998 Peterbilt truck towing a flatbed trailer.”
The 18-wheeler then hit a Jeep Grand Cherokee pushing it into another 18-wheeler, a 2007 Western Star towing a Wabash trailer, Dark explained.
“As the Ford Escape was being pushed to its final resting location into the south ditch area, a 2002 Lexus was then struck from behind by a Ford F150,” Dark added.
The driver of the Escape, 41-year-old David Brimage of Brownsboro, was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Ronnie Daniell.
The SEL was driven by Rachel Brimage, 36, also of Brownsboro. She was taken to Parkland Hospital in Dallas with serious injuries, Dark said. Two passengers in her vehicle – a 13-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl – were both taken to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas with serious injuries. As of Thursday, no additional deaths were reported Dark told The Monitor.
Deborah Phillips, 65, of Jena, La., the driver of the Jeep Cherokee, was taken to Trinity Mother Frances-Tyler in serious condition.
Agusta Phillips, 72, Peggy Wilson, 32, and a 13-year-old girl were all passengers in the Jeep. They were taken to Trinity Mother Frances-Tyler where they were listed in stable condition.
The driver of the KIA Soul was Shelley Jack, 45, of Monroe, La. She, too, was taken to Trinity Mother Frances-Tyler and was listed in stable condition.
“There were no other injuries reported with the other vehicles involved,” Dark said.
No other information was made available at presstime.
“This is a preliminary report,” Dark said. “Contributing factors to the crash will be included on the final crash report.”
The Texas Department of Transportation estimates that each year approximately 15,000 crashes and more than 100 people are killed in highway construction and maintenance zones.
“Motorists traveling through work zones make up the majority of fatalities,” information from the agency stated. “Two leading causes of work zone crashes are failure to control speed and driver inattention,” a report states.
Roadway work zones driving tips include:
• Slow down and always follow posted work zone speed limits. Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes. Remember, traffic fines double in work zones.
• Pay attention. Workers and heavy equipment may only be a few feet from passing vehicles.
• Be patient. Delays from highway construction can be frustrating, but it only takes a few extra minutes to slow down for a work zone.
• Plan ahead. Leave a few minutes early when traveling through a work zone in order to reach your destination on time.