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Man dies in 18-wheeler collision on U.S. 281 near Blanco


BLANCO — A Dripping Springs man died after the vehicle he was driving veered into oncoming traffic and struck an 18-wheeler on U.S. 281, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The accident happened at 9:42 p.m. March 19 just outside Blanco.

Kevin Calhoun, 31, of Dripping Springs was driving a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 traveling south on U.S. 281.

A 2015 International tractor trailer was traveling north, according to the report.

The pickup “veered into the northbound lane for an unknown reason and struck the (18-wheeler) head on,” the report stated.

Calhoun was pronounced dead at the scene at 10 p.m. that evening by Blanco County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Randy Brodbeck.

Troy Phipps, 44, of Blanco, the driver of the tractor trailer, was treated and released at the scene.

1 thought on “Man dies in 18-wheeler collision on U.S. 281 near Blanco

  1. Is it time to consider a divided roadway along the 281 corridor? I think especially south of Highway 71, with the exception of a few places, it’s mostly 2-lane road until coming into the far northern part of the San Antonio metro area. The speeds are high, the traffic volume is vastly higher than even ten years ago, yet the road is the same in Blanco and southern Burnet counties.

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