A Snyder man was killed Tuesday and three other men, including a Fort Worth resident, were injured while trying to help another driver near Post, a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper said Wednesday.
The four were standing on an icy highway when they were struck by a tractor-trailer, police said.
Donald Medley, 46, of Snyder was pronounced dead at the scene. Cecilio Gonzales, 44, of Fort Worth and Kevin Trauger, 34, of Lubbock were in critical condition at University Medical Center in Lubbock, the DPS reported. Garza County Chief Deputy Charlie Evans, 52, of Justiceburg was in stable condition at the same hospital.
The crash was reported about 8:15 a.m. Tuesday on U.S. 84 about 4 miles north of Post. The town is southeast of Lubbock and about 260 miles west of Fort Worth.
Initially, Garza County sheriff’s deputies were notified that a tractor-trailer had jackknifed. While they were investigating, deputies watched a box truck skid off the highway and into the median.
The four men walked over to help the driver of the box truck, DPS Sgt. Bryan Witt said Wednesday.
“An 18-wheeler drove up to the scene, saw the wreck and hit the brakes,” Witt said. “He skidded right into the men.”
The driver of the box truck, Dale Kocher, 50, of Abilene was also taken to the Lubbock hospital. His condition was unavailable Wednesday.
DPS troopers identified the driver of the 18-wheeler as Arnold Ukawilu, 34, of Dallas.
“During inclement weather, state law requires that motorists drive slower,” Witt said. “There were icy conditions on the highway at the time of the accident.”
Witt said troopers will be out in the next few days to reconstruct the fatal crash. The truck driver may face charges, he said.