Central Texas man dies after BMW rear-ends 18-wheeler in front of local high school

The driver died en route to a local hospital.
The driver died en route to a local hospital.(Salado VFD photo)
Published: Apr. 8, 2021 at 1:00 PM CDT
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SALADO, Texas (KWTX) - A driver with incapacitating injuries died en route to the hospital Thursday after his 2016 BMW X3 sedan rear-ended an 18-wheeler’s trailer at FM 2484 and Lark Trail in front of Salado High School.

The victim was identified Thursday evening as Michael Scott Schmidt, 63, of Harker Heights.

The accident happened at around 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

Schmidt was eastbound on FM 2484 when he “failed to control speed” and his BMW collided with the rear of a 2015 Western Star 18-wheeler whose 30-year-old driver was stopped, waiting to turn northbound onto Lark Trail, Department of Public Safety Sgt. Bryan Washko said.

A second 18-wheeler, a 2019 Freightliner driven by a 70-year-old Kempner man, was trailing the BMW and ran into the rear of the sedan after the car hit the first 18-wheeler, Washko said.

Schmidt was not wearing a seatbelt, Salado Volunteer Fire Department spokesman Bert Henry said.

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