SAN ANTONIO – A pickup truck driver is dead and a motorcyclist is recovering after a crash on the South Side that left a trail of wreckage for blocks.
The crash happened around 8 p.m. Saturday on Southeast Military Drive near Old Corpus Christi Road.
San Antonio police said the driver of the pickup, who caused the wreck, died after being ejected from his vehicle.
Police said a Toyota pickup truck traveling east on Southeast Military Drive hit a motorcyclist traveling in the same direction, dragged the motorcycle and its driver several dozen yards before the truck continued and the driver crashed.
The scene spanned at least a quarter of a mile.
Police said after the pickup detached from the motorcycle, it went on to hit telephone poles and wires, bounced off the curb and rolled at least once before the driver was ejected.
The motorcyclist was taken to the San Antonio Military Medical Center with broken legs but is expected to recover.
For hours, scattered debris and the crashed motorcycle remained on the ground as officers kept a tight perimeter so traffic investigators inspect the scene, which is anticipated to take hours to clear.
“Anytime there's a fatality, they're going to take their time and do a thorough investigation. I'm assuming at least at the minimum two to three hours, they're going to have to do a lot of measurements and photographs, witness statements from multiple witnesses and also they're going to have to search the vehicles to find out what's going on,” said Sgt. Steven Huron with the San Antonio Police Department.
San Antonio police said the pickup driver has not been identified and appears to be between 40 and 60 years old.
There is no word on what caused the crash, but investigators are looking into intoxication and/or medical issues as possible factors.