Man Killed in Chain-Reaction Wreck with Two 18-Wheelers

San Antonio, TX (4/20/2021) – A man has died in a chain-reaction accident that happened Tuesday afternoon in New Braunfels.


The accident happened around 1:45 p.m. in the northbound lanes of I-35 near FM 306. A Chevrolet Silverado 2500 collided into the rear of two 18-wheelers. Authorities said the truck was traveling at a high rate of speed and “was unable to stop for slowing traffic.” 

Police said the truck first crashed into the back of a gravel hauler and the momentum caused the Silverado to wreck into a second 18-wheeler, becoming lodged underneath it

The driver of the Silverado, identified as 39-year old Matthew Wade Patek, died at the scene.

The 37-year-old driver of the gravel hauler was transported to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Police said the driver of the second big rig was not injured.

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Source: KSAT, KENS5

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