A head-on collision between a pickup and an 18-wheeler truck in the City of Aquilla in Hill County, Texas claimed the life of 52-year-old Mickey Lynn Burney, of Whitney, Texas. According to authorities, the accident happened at around 8:15 a.m. along FM 1304. Burney was behind the wheel of a 2002 Ford Ranger pickup heading east on the road, when he crossed the median and drove into the path of a 2016 Volvo tractor-trailer that was on a curve heading in the opposite direction.

Emergency responders rushed Burney to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center, but he later succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the big rig, identified as 29-year-old Dexter Thomas Deel, was taken to the same hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Authorities are still investigating the case. Accidents like these highlight the importance of being extra careful when driving on major thoroughfares, especially when big rigs are near.

These trucks are notorious for having blind spots, requiring drivers to always been on their toes.

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