A photojournalist at the scene said a second person was injured and taken to a local hospital. Southbound traffic was tied up for a mile or more. Also, the photojournalist said one of the trucks had been carrying cattle. There were dead cattle along the side of the road as well as live cattle.
On Friday DPS issued the following statement:
LUBBOCK – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) was notified of a major crash 5 miles south of Post on US 84 yesterday, at 4:14 p.m. DPS troopers responded and investigated the crash involving two 18-wheelers. Alexander Gerald Wilkerson, 28, of Muleshoe, was operating a truck tractor northbound on US 84. He was pulling a trailer loaded with cattle. Wilkerson failed to negotiate a curve, lost control of the truck and crossed the center median - into the southbound traffic lanes. Ronald Gene Turner, 50, of Lubbock, was operating a truck tractor-semi trailer southbound on US 84 and collided head-on with the truck driven by Wilkerson. Both trucks caught fire and were totally destroyed. Wilkerson was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash. Turner was transported by ambulance to Covenant in Lubbock and is currently in stable condition. Approximately 30 head of cattle were killed during the crash. US 84 was blocked by debris and cattle until the road cold be cleared. Next of kin has been notified.