A motorist lost his life today when he crashed into a turning flatbed truck, causing a telephone pole to pierce his windshield.

The crash happened in Midland, Texas, around 9:30 this morning. According to police, a flatbed truck hauling telephone poles was traveling west on Garden City Highway. The truck driver pulled into the outside lane to make a right turn. As he did so, a pickup truck in the inside lane collided with the turning flatbed trailer. The collision sent a telephone pole crashing through the pickup’s windshield.

The pickup truck driver, 21 year old Zachary Galindo, died as a result of the crash. No other injuries have been reported.

Commercial vehicle enforcement officers were on scene to determine whether the telephone pole was properly secured.


Ashley Neely has been a lead content creator and social media manager with CDLLife since 2015. Her passion? Helping the men and women in the trucking industry get the news they need and the respect that they deserve.