Texas

Benjamin Lee Schaeffer Killed; Mariah Helmberger Injured in Accident at US 287 in Montague County, TX

Date
September 11, 2022
Victim's Name(s)
Benjamin Lee Schaeffer, Mariah Helmberger
Type of Accident
Car Accident
Alcohol/Drugs Suspected
No

Where it Happened

U.S. 287, Amarillo, Montague County, TX, USA

Additional Information

Investigating Officer or Authority
Texas Department of Public Safety
Vehicles Involved
Chevrolet Pickup Truck,
Road/Highway
US 287
Injuries Sustained

Fatal injuries (1), various injuries (4)

Apparent/Alleged Cause of Accident

Two Chevrolet pickup trucks and an 18-wheeler were involved in a crash


What Happened

Area authorities are investigating a crash that killed a person at US 287 in Montague County, TX on September 11th, 2022. Police say the incident involved a southbound Chevrolet pickup truck crossing a center median into northbound traffic. From there, the vehicle struck a second Chevrolet pickup truck before continuing forward and crashing head-on into a tractor-trailer. The impact caused the pickup truck to overturn, ejecting a passenger from the vehicle. The driver, identified as 29-year-old Benjamin Lee Schaeffer, died at the scene. The passenger, identified as 26-year-old Mariah Helmberger, was hospitalized with serious injuries. The driver and passenger of both other vehicles were hospitalized with injuries and later released. Additional information was not available.

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