Otabek Mamadaliev Killed; Randy Rankins, Beth Knox Injured in Accident at I-20 in Smith County, TX

April 26, 2023
Victim's Name(s)
Otabek Mamadaliev, Randy Rankins, Beth Knox
Type of Accident
Commercial Truck
Alcohol/Drugs Suspected

Where it Happened

I-20, Mount Sylvan, Smith County, TX, USA

Additional Information

Investigating Officer or Authority
Tyler Police
Vehicles Involved
Passenger Car, Semi-Truck
Injuries Sustained

Fatal injuries (1), undisclosed injuries (2)

Apparent/Alleged Cause of Accident

Three semi-trucks and passenger vehicle were involved in a chain reaction crash

What Happened

Texas Department of Public Safety officials have information on a multi-vehicle crash at I-20 in Smith County, TX on April 26th, 2023. They say it happened around 2 p.m. and involved three semi-trucks and a passenger vehicle. The vehicles are said to have been headed westbound when one of the trucks collided with the rear of a second truck. This created a chain reaction collision between an additional semi-truck and the passenger vehicle. The driver of the truck that police believe first struck the others, identified as 50-year-old Otabek T. Mamadaliev, suffered fatal injuries. A second truck driver, identified as 54-year-old Randy J. Rankins, was taken to an area hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries. Also hospitalized was the driver of the passenger vehicle, identified as 56-year-old Beth Knox. The other driver involved was not injured. Additional information was not been made available.

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