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SAN ANTONIO, TX –  Police and rescue workers arrived at the scene of a triple fatality multi vehicle traffic accident that occured Monday morning, July 30, after a wrong way driver in a Toyota Camry slammed into a Dodge Durango carrying a family of five on IH-35 near FM 1103 in the city of Schertz, Texas.

Three people are dead following a semi truck accident in San Antonio, TX after a wrong-way driver crashed into another vehicle on I-35. Photo credit: John Davenport/San Antonio Express-News


The accident occurred in the northbound lanes of I-35 shortly after 3:00 a.m. City of Schertz spokesman, Brad Bailey, told the media that an attendant at a rest stop and a bus driver who both attempted to rescue the people trapped in the Durango were struck by a passing truck killing both of them and the driver of the Toyota Camry.

Map showing location of fatal semi truck accident in San Antonio, TX on the northbound I-35 one mile north of Farm to Market 1103 just across from the rest area on Frontage Rd on July 31, 2012.

Bailey said the driver of the Toyota Camry slammed into the SUV carrying a family of five. There were no serious injuries from the intial accident, according to Bailey, but the secondary crash turned deadly when a tanker truck driver who didn’t see the first accident crashed into the scene, striking and killing two good Samaritans and the wrong-way driver.

The victims were identified as bus driver Hector Cordova and rest stop attendant Emma Alcudia who were standing on or near the highway right after the crash, along with the wrong-way driver, Kathryn Havard, who had gotten out of her crashed Toyota Camry.

“One second they’re standing there, and the next second I knew they were gone,” said Mike Hernandez, 57, a rest area attendant who was watering flower beds in front of the building when he spotted the lights from Havard’s car. He said it was the worst crash he had seen in his 12 years there.

Bailey told reporters that five people were taken to area hospitals to be checked out for minor injuries which included the family that was in the SUV and one rest stop worker.

According to a San Antonio Express-News analysis of records from 2007 to 2011, Bexar County has had more wrong-way crashes on major highways than almost every other densely populated county in Texas. There were at least 136 wrong-way accidents that injured 138 people and killed nearly 30.

Posted by San Antonio truck accident lawyer Gordon, Elias & Seely, LLP

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