A vehicle pulling a travel-trailer lost control and caused a pileup involving nine other vehicles Saturday afternoon on U.S. Highway 75 in Anna.
Anna Police responded to the multiple vehicle collision at about 1 p.m. in the southbound lanes of Highway 75 under the FM 455 overpass. According to the police report of the incident, which was investigated by Officer Jake Sellman, the vehicle pulling the travel-trailer was driving in the left lane. Traffic had stopped due to road construction in the area, and the vehicle did not stop in time.
The driver of the vehicle pulling the travel trailer, vehicle 1, told police that a grey car had gotten in front of him and slowed quickly. The report stated vehicle 1 swerved to the right and then rear-ended a second vehicle causing that vehicle to hit a third. Both vehicles 2 and 3 were in the left lane, and vehicle 1 continued in the right lane.
Vehicle 1 continued south with considerable speed and missed the next four vehicles in the left lane. While vehicle 1 was traveling south, it drifted back to to the left side of the highway and sideswiped several other vehicles, according to the report.
“The correct order of contact with each vehicle is not clear and persons involved could not say for certain which unit struck the other as unit 1 was coming through,” Sellman said in the report.
Vehicle 1 rear-ended vehicle 6 and vehicle 8, causing vehicle 6 to move into the center median hitting the cable barrier where both vehicles 1 and 6 stopped. Vehicle 8 was pushed into vehicle 9, and vehicle 9 collided with vehicles 5 and 10. The driver of vehicle 1 told police that he was traveling at about 60 mph when he struck the barrier wall. The pileup blocked all southbound lanes.
The report noted that the roadway was straight with a slight downhill grade. The road did not have a crest so plenty of visibility was present.