Car in fatal wreck on I-20 was slowed by a flat tire, Arlington police say

The Mazda that was rear-ended Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 20 — a wreck that killed a backseat passenger and tied up rush-hour traffic — had a flat tire and the driver had slowed down to try to pull over, police said Wednesday.

The Mazda driver was looking for a place to pull off the road, but that stretch of freeway doesn’t have a shoulder, said Tiara Ellis Richard, a police spokeswoman.

The Mazda was hit by a Honda that was merging onto eastbound Interstate 20 from U.S. 287.

“With a flat tire, [the Mazda] would be going at a much slower speed than regular highway traffic,” Richard said.

The Mazda with five occupants was shoved one lane to the left where it hit a Lexus with two people inside.

Two children in the back seat of the Mazda were taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth with minor injuries, Houston said. They have since been released, police said.

The Mazda driver had minor injuries, and man in the front passenger seat was uninjured. No one in the Lexus was injured.

Police do not expect to file criminal charges, Richard said.

The dead passenger had not been identified by late Wednesday.

The wreck, which occurred a little after 2 p.m., shut down all but one lane on eastbound I-20 near the Green Oaks Boulevard exit until 5:45 p.m.