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ABILENE, TEXAS – A 51-year-old retired firefighter died in a trucking accident in August, 2015, when an 18-wheeler carrying gravel dumped the load onto I-20 near the Pine Street overpass. The resulting cloud of dust caused numerous accidents, as 14 vehicles collided due to no visibility. Joe Tidwell’s car was rear-ended by a westbound tractor trailer. He sustained severe injuries, and his passenger, 42-year-old Shawna Elieff was transported to Hendrick Medical Center in critical condition.
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