Update (5:08 p.m.)
Officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety released more information on Friday’s early morning accident on I-40 around 36 miles west of Vega that left two dead.
According to a news release from the Texas DPS, a 2021 Volvo truck tractor semi-trailer was traveling westbound in the outside lane of I-40, around 36 miles west of Vega around 5:15 a.m. Friday. A second vehicle, identified as a 2007 Peterbilt tow truck towing a truck tractor-semi trailer, was legally parked on the westbound shoulder and had just attached a truck to tow it.
The operator of the tow truck, identified as 42-year-old Amarillo resident Scottie Dunn, was legally standing on the shoulder next to the Peterbilt Tow Truck. The Volvo truck tractor semi-trailer, driven by 32-year-old Livermore, California resident Shavinder Singh, struck the Peterbilt, the attached truck tractor semi-trailer along with Dunn.
After the collision, the Volvo continued westbound, traveled into the north ditch and rolled over on its side. Dunn and Singh were both pronounced dead at the scene.
The incident remains under investigation by troopers with the Texas Highway Patrol, according to the release.
Update (11 a.m.)
OLDHAM COUNTY, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – According to an update from the Texas Department of Transportation Amarillo District, the wreck that stopped traffic on Friday morning on I-40 westbound in Oldham County has been cleared. I-40 westbound at the New Mexico state line was reported to be open.
Update (10 a.m.)
OLDHAM COUNTY, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – According to MyHighPlains.com staff members on the scene, multiple tow trucks and other personnel continued to respond to the Friday morning semi-truck-involved accident on I-40 westbound in Oldham County. However, staff members noted that traffic was moving through the area at around 10 a.m.
OLDHAM COUNTY, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — The Texas Department of Transportation Amarillo District announced on social media that traffic is delayed on I-40 westbound at the one-mile marker in Oldham County due to a wreck at around 7:40 a.m. on Friday morning.
TxDOT detailed that, according to crews on the scene, the wreck involved three semis and that traffic is expected to be delayed in the area.
This is a developing story. MyHighPlains.com will update this article as new information becomes available.
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