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

September 11, 2022
Victim's Name(s)
Benjamin Lee Schaeffer, Mariah Helmberger
Type of Accident
Car Accident
Alcohol/Drugs Suspected

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,
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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