According to DPS, the driver of an 18-wheeler was driving from the east frontage road of Hwy. 83. The driver was at the crossover, attempting to cross the north-bound lane and get onto the south-bound lane toward Abilene.
As the driver crossed, he stopped in the median to allow south-bound traffic to clear, leaving the trailer in the north-bound lane.
Deputy Woodruff was driving north-bound and did not see that black trailer in time to avoid hitting it.
Texas Highway Patrol is still investigating the crash.