On Wednesday, July 10th, Texas DPS Troopers responded to 2 different accidents between Big Spring and Stanton on I-20.
The first was a 5-car accident that occurred at approximately 5:32 PM in Howard County, 10 miles west of Big Spring.
According to the accident report, a Peterbuilt truck-track towing a semi-trailer, driven by Emanuel Piper, 45 of Vernon, TX, was traveling west on I-20 when he failed to control his speed. Piper struck a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta, driven by 22-year-old Devin Grier, of Seminole, TX, causing Grier to be pushed off of the roadway. Piper then struck the rear of a 2002 Kia Rio driven by 75-year old Jospeh Roczniak of Odessa. Roczniak was then pushed into the rear of a 2007 Dodge Ram 3500 pick-up driven by James Kiker III, 67 of Odessa. Afterwards, Piper then crossed the center median and struck another Peterbuilt truck-tractor towing a semi-trailer, driven by Randall Beard, 73 of Tecumseh, MO, that was traveling east on I-20.
2 of the drivers, involved in the crash, Beard and Grier, were transported to Scenic Mountain Medical Center for treatment. Roczniak was pronounced dead on scene. All drivers were noted to have been wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.
The second wreck occurred at approximately 11:58 PM later that evening, on I-20, just 2 miles east of Stanton.
According to the accident report, Cody Lassiter, 25, of Waynesboro, MS, and the driver of a 2009 Chevy Tahoe was traveling east in the westbound lane of I-20. Miguel Castillo-Gallegos, 24 of Palestine, TX, and the driver of a 2017 GMC Denali Pick-up was traveling west in the inside lane of westbound I-20. The two drivers collided, and both were pronounced dead on-scene.
The report noted that Castillo-Gallegos had his seatbelt on at the time of the crash, although it was unknown if Lassiter was wearing his.