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Abilene-Sweetwater, TX - Accident News and Resources including car, bicycle, motorcycle and truck accidents and much more.

Abilene Metropolitan Area

Abilene is the principal city of the Abilene Metropolitan Statistical Area, covering Taylor, Jones, and Callahan counties. The city was established in 1881 by cattlemen as a stock shipping point on the Texas and Pacific Railway. These days, the area has an estimated population of around 165 thousand. Abilene is home to a mix of local college and university campuses including Abilene Christian University, Hardin-Simmons University, and Texas Tech University Abilene Campus, a well-established agricultural community, and numerous evangelical churches. The Abilene Regional Airport serves the area, though it is mostly used for general aviation and military training.


Sweetwater is received a U.S. post office in 1879. The Texas and Pacific Railway started service in 1881, beginning Sweetwater's long history as a railroad town, with businesses and homes built along the rail line. Rail passenger service was discontinued in 1969. Gulf Refinery operated there from 1929 to 1954, and at one time the town was a large telegraph center. Sweetwater remains a production hub for cotton, oil, and cattle. The population of Sweetwater has remained steady between 11,000 and 13,000 since 1940.

Major Roadways

  • Interstate 20 travels from Kent, Texas, to Florence, South Carolina, passing through Abilene and Dallas on the way. 
  • U.S. Route 83 / Texas Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway is one of the longest north-south highways in the U.S., traveling between the Canadian and Mexican borders. In Texas it was dedicated as the Texas Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway. Traveling down the middle of the state, it connects Abilene to many major U.S. cities.
  • U.S. Route 84 begins in Brunswick, Georgia and travels all the way to southern Colorado. In Texas, it connects Abilene to Lubbock, Waco, and Palestine.
  • U.S. Route 277 is a spur of U.S. 77 that runs 633 miles across Oklahoma and Texas. 
  • Texas State Highway 36 runs from Freeport to Abilene, providing access to cities on the Gulf Coast.

Major hospitals in Abilene and Sweetwater:

Abilene Regional Medical Center; Hendrick Health System, Abilene; Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater.

To learn about recent accidents in Abilene or Sweetwater, select the link below:

Abilene-Sweetwater car accidents; Abilene-Sweetwater aircraft accidents.

When someone is injured in an accident in Abilene or Sweetwater, it is important to gather information about what happens next.

Being injured in a serious accident is always a shocking and scary experience, and dealing with the aftermath is exhausting and stressful. Accident victims are forced to deal with hospitalization, medical treatments, missed work, and lost income, often while trying to manage pain and disability from their injuries. And then the insurance adjusters start circling. Find out more about accidents and what issues an injured person needs to be aware of by going to this link.
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Most recent accident reports

One person was injured in a small airplane crash during a flight from Abilene to Stephenville.  The pilot used a cellphone to report that the single-engine plane, that was carrying a passenger, went off radar and&nb
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Ranger, TX
Schrader was driving on a road near Abilene when a live turkey unexpectedly crashed through his windshield.
Thursday, November 27, 2014
The driver was conscious and talking after the crash, was transported Hendrick Medical Center, treated, and released. Police are still awaiting toxicology tests, but alcohol and high-speed are likely factors in the crash.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Schafer had a total of 2,385 flight hours, including 1,200 in the T-38 Talon and 864 in the F-16 Fighting Falcon. Local authorities say 31-year-old Victoria Schafer and 2-year-old Wyatt Schafer survived the crash.

Sunday, August 31, 2014
Sunday, August 31, 2014

Three family members have died in a small plane crash in rural Central Texas.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the single-engine plane crashed around midnight on Saturday.

Saturday, August 16, 2014
Ranger, TX

A California man was killed in an early morning crash on Interstate 20 in Mitchell County early Thursday morning. The accident happened about 5 miles west of Westbrook.

A Hermleigh woman is dead after a small, single-engine plane crash in Sweetwater Sunday. Lisa Bowman, 60, died Sunday after the plane she was in crashed just three miles north of Sweetwater. The aircraft was flying from Shreveport to Sweetwater.

Saturday, April 26, 2014