Haltom City

Woman Killed, 3 Others Injured When Truck Crashes Into Stranded Driver's Vehicle

Truck driver says he lost control while reaching for a water bottle

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Loop 820 has reopened in Haltom City following a three-car crash that killed a 20-year-old woman and injured three men.

The crash was reported at about 7:40 a.m. along Northeast Loop 820 at Haltom Road. All eastbound lanes of the freeway were closed until about 12:45 p.m. with traffic diverted onto the service road and adjacent TEXPress lanes.

According to police, a Nissan Altima was parked with a flat tire on the side shoulder of the eastbound lanes when it was struck from behind by a Ford F-150.

The driver of the pickup truck told police he lost control after trying to reach for a water bottle. The truck veered to the left, rode up the inside barrier and struck the back of the Nissan. The impact launched the pickup into the air, over the Nissan and onto the back of a Ford Focus sedan parked in front of the Nissan, police said.

A woman sitting in the driver's seat of the Focus was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The passenger of the Focus and the driver of the Nissan, who were trying to change the tire, were hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, police said.

The driver of the F-150 was hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

The deceased driver of the Ford Focus was identified by the Tarrant County medical examiner as Diaja Faye Waites of Fort Worth.  

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The investigation into the crash is ongoing and more details will be released as they become available, police said.

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