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2 Towers Struck 1 Down 1 Critical - 02.07.24 (TX)

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One killed in crash on I-20 and Cedar Ridge in Duncanville, officials say



DUNCANVILLE, Texas — One person was killed in a crash at Eastbound I-20 at Cedar Ridge Drive in Duncanville Wednesday afternoon.


The crash involved a FedEx truck with two trailers, a flatbed tow truck with a vehicle on it and a white sedan, officials said. 


Two wreckers were on the right shoulder of the highway preparing to tow a car when the FedEx truck started to pass a car in the right lane and hit the wreckers and car, causing the tow truck drivers to be pinned under the wreckage, officials say. One person was pronounced dead at the scene and another was taken to a hospital by CareFlite. No one else was injured.


Multiple fire crews, EMS and law enforcement were still at the scene of the crash around 2 p.m.


FedEx issued a statement to WFAA following the accident.


“Our thoughts are with all of those involved in this tragic accident, and we extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends who are mourning a loved one lost. Safety is our highest priority, and we are cooperating fully with the investigating authorities at this time.”


This is a developing story. WFAA will update this story as more information becomes available.






Tragedy Strikes on I-20: Tow Operator Killed in FedEx Truck Collision

In a tragic turn of events, a towing operation on I-20 in Duncanville, Texas, led to the death of Oscar Merchan Contreras, a dedicated tow operator. As investigators search for answers, the community is left to reflect on the dangers faced by tow operators and first responders.


In the blink of an eye, a routine towing operation turned into a scene of tragedy on I-20 near Cedar Ridge Drive in Duncanville, Texas, last Wednesday. Oscar Merchan Contreras, a 44-year-old tow operator, lost his life in a devastating collision involving a FedEx truck hauling double trailers. Another tow operator was airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries.


A Day of Tragedy Unfolds on the Shoulder of I-20


On February 7, 2024, around 1:00 p.m., two tow operators were working diligently on the right shoulder of the eastbound lane of I-20. Their mission was simple: to tow a vehicle that had come to an unfortunate halt. However, fate had something else in store for them that fateful day.


As the two men went about their task, a FedEx 18-wheeler, its double trailers stretching along the asphalt, attempted to overtake another vehicle in the right lane. In a cruel twist of fate, the massive truck collided with the tow trucks and the vehicle they were servicing. The force of the impact was immense, and the consequences were dire.


A Life Lost and Another Forever Changed


Oscar Merchan Contreras, a dedicated tow operator with a passion for helping others, was tragically killed in the collision. He was pronounced dead at the scene, leaving behind a void that will never be filled. His partner, though injured, survived the incident and was airlifted to the hospital for medical attention.


The Dallas County Sheriff's Office reported that neither drugs nor alcohol are believed to have played a role in the crash. No charges have been filed as of now, and the investigation into the accident is ongoing.

Searching for Answers in the Wake of Tragedy


As the sun set on that fateful day, loved ones, colleagues, and the Duncanville community were left to grapple with the aftermath of the tragedy. Questions loom large in the minds of those affected: What led to this devastating crash? Could it have been prevented? And, most importantly, how can such incidents be avoided in the future?


The loss of Oscar Merchan Contreras serves as a stark reminder of the inherent dangers faced by tow operators and other first responders who work tirelessly to keep our roads safe. Their commitment to service, often carried out under challenging and hazardous conditions, deserves our utmost respect and gratitude.


As investigators continue to piece together the events leading up to the collision, the memory of Oscar Merchan Contreras will live on in the hearts of those who knew him, and in the countless lives he touched through his selfless work.


In the wake of this tragedy, let us all take a moment to remember the vital role that tow operators and first responders play in our communities. Their dedication and sacrifice should never be taken for granted.


The events that unfolded on I-20 in Duncanville, Texas, last Wednesday serve as a somber reminder of the fragility of life and the importance of vigilance on our roads. As we move forward, may the memory of Oscar Merchan Contreras inspire us all to strive for safer roads and a deeper appreciation for those who work to protect us.



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OMG this is happening way to  often  😭  we are losing to many tow truck drivers. Praying for the family, friends and co-workers.


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United States #6 stuck-by death is tow truck operators 44-year-old Oscar Merchan Contreras, was pronounced deceased at the scene at 1:45 pm. The second operator sustained serious injuries and was airlifted by CareFlite to a local hospital for treatment.



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