2 suffer life-threatening injuries after stolen truck hits 2 vehicles
AMARILLO, Texas (KVII) —
The Amarillo Police Department has released more details regarding the accident at Crockett and Interstate 40 that happened Thursday afternoon that left two men with life-threatening injuries and a child hospitalized.
According to police, an officer in an unmarked white Ford Taurus, equipped with an interior light bar, was driving eastbound on I-40 at Georgia Street. The officer saw a silver Toyota Tacoma coming up behind them moving very quickly and recklessly.
In efforts to slow the driver before the construction zone, the officer activated the emergency lights on the vehicle. The driver of the Tacoma then exited the highway across the grass median towards the south frontal road.
The officer lost sight of the driver due to highway traffic and did not initiate pursuit, proceeding across I-40.
Just before 2 p.m., officers were dispatched to a major motor vehicle collision at West I-40 Frontage Road and South Crockett Street. Upon arrival, they discovered three vehicles had been involved.
A 2008 Silver Toyota Tacoma, driven by a 22-year-old male was traveling east on the frontage road at a high rate of speed, disregarded a stop sign and struck a 2016 Toyota Highlander driven by a 76-year-old man and a 2012 Toyota Tundra driven by a 35-year-old male.
The Tundra was knocked sideways and rolled onto the grassy median hitting a tree. The driver of the Tundra was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries and a child passenger was also hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The Tacoma driver also suffered life-threatening injuries.
The driver of the Highlander was miraculously uninjured.
Officers discovered that the Tacoma had been reported stolen earlier in the day from a motel in the 3600 block of Amarillo Boulevard East.
Speed and narcotics have been determined as factors in the crash.
The incident remains under investigation by the Traffic Investigation Squad of the Amarillo Police Department.