Race hauler driver killed in crash on I-20 in Texas


Texas authorities have confirmed that the transporter of a major racing team was involved in a fatal accident Tuesday morning while the vehicle was en route to a weekend race.

The crash happened around 4:25 a.m. on I-20, about half a mile west of Longview, Texas.

Authorities say David Gilliland Racing’s Team ARCA transporter No. 17 was heading west on I-20 when transporter driver Steven Stotts, 54, “failed to control his speed and hit a small trailer being pulled by a westbound Honda Passport.

The impact rolled the Honda on its side into the center median and sent the box trailer into the eastbound lanes of I-20.

The DGR dumper also rolled over the central reservation and caught fire.

Stotts was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two DGR carrier passengers, John P. Zaverl, 38, and Michael Mizzelle, 45, were taken to hospital and are in stable condition.

Honda rider Young Mo Kang, 63, was also hospitalized and is also in stable condition.

The carrier was en route to Arizona for Friday night’s ARCA Menards Series event at Phoenix Raceway.

“DGR and driver Taylor Gray’s participation in Friday’s event will be determined at a later date,” the team said via Twitter.


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