A man was killed Sunday night when his sport utility vehicle was struck by an 18-wheel tank truck at the intersection of Farm Road 51 South and Texas 114.
Eddie Durrett, 57, of Midland was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace, Clay Poynor at 11:31 p.m. Poynor said blunt-force trauma was the cause of death.
The accident happened shortly after 10:30 p.m. Durrett was traveling northbound on FM 51 in his black Chevy Tahoe.
Department of Public Safety Trooper Mark Adams said he failed to yield the right of way, and the SUV was struck in the driver’s side by a Bridgeport Tank Truck driven by David Talley, 50, of Alvord.
“As the SUV came across the intersection, it was hit by the 18-wheeler,” Adams said. “Witnesses to the accident that were behind the 18-wheeler confirmed the information.”
Marks at the scene indicated that Talley attempted to brake.
Talley was transported by ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. He had been discharged by Monday morning.
The accident occurred at an intersection where the Texas Department of Transportation is building a grade separation bridge, taking Texas 114 over FM 51.