One was killed and another injured in a car wreck on U.S. Highway 290 near McDade last month.
The accident occurred on Thursday, February 20 at 7:44 a.m. between the intersections with Old Highway 20 and McAcres Drive, just west of McDade. According to the crash report from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), it was light out, but rainy, and there was standing water on the road surface. The weather at the time of the crash was poor, the crash details, and rain from the past few days had caused water to pool on the roadway.
A four-door passenger vehicle, a Ford Focus driven by a 45-year-old woman, was traveling westbound on the inside lane of Highway 290. The other vehicle, a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck driven by a 35-year-old man, was traveling eastbound in the inside lane of Highway 290.
The car had defective tires with a tread depth of two 32nds of an inch, and the woman driving the car was running late for work and speeding, according to the crash report. Her car hit a patch of water on the roadway, causing the vehicle to pull to the right onto the shoulder. She then steered to the left to regain control of her car, but overcorrected, and the vehicle entered a side skid and went through the center dividing lane and into the inside eastbound lane, where the car and the truck collided.
According to the crash report, unsafe speed and defective or slick tires were contributing factor in the investigator’s opinion.
The woman in the car was killed in the wreck and died at 7:44 a.m. The man in the truck sustained non-incapacitating injuries.
Neither people were ejected, both were wearing shoulder and lap belt restraints, and airbags were deployed in both vehicles.
No charges were filed.