MRT's Story of 2013: 43 Fatalities on Midland Roads 12/31/13
CBS 7 News Reporter
December 31, 2013
Midland - As 2013 comes to an end, one story topped Permian Basin headlines this year; the number of fatal crashes on our roads.
The Midland Reporter Telegram gathered the data and found this year will be known as one of the deadliest.
It seemed like just about any time you opened a newspaper, you'd read about another person losing their life in a crash.
"This year was really crazy on the roadways,” MRT reporter Tyler White said.
"For a while we were on pace averaging one fatal crash a week," MRT editor Stewart Doreen said.
It's a yearly habit for the MRT; keep tally of each fatal crash, detailing how each person lost their life.
Wreck after wreck, more and more headlines reading of tragedy.
"You go out crossing your fingers it would turn out differently," Doreen said.
It soon became hard to ignore what would be the paper's top story of the year.
"Forty-three people as of now have lost their lives in Midland County. It's hard for anything else to compare," Doreen said. "It was just always on people's minds and it never went away, there was always a fatality."
If any lesson can be taken from this year, it's to take extra caution when getting behind the wheel.
The MRT broke down the data from each fatal crash this year and found a few trends:
·The majority of the fatal crashes happened on either FM 1788 or Hwy 158.
·A quarter of the fatalities involved tractor-trailers.
·Five people were ejected from their vehicles.
·About 83 percent or 34 victims that died in a car crash were men.