Fire truck blocks highway and causes traffic pileup

Traffic came to a complete stop for approximately four hours along the Southwest Freeway at Gessner Road in Houston on Sunday, January 8 starting at 3 a.m. after a fire truck blocked the lanes due to an accident.

More than a dozen motorists were left stranded on the roadway for hours overnight. According to preliminary investigations, a fire truck was blocking the highway when a car in oncoming traffic collided with it. Since the accident consisted of a government vehicle, police officers were required to do a thorough investigation of the matter. They shut down the highway for hours in order to investigate it. “It’s very frustrating, just sitting out here,” said driver Jahlisa Wallace.

If you sustained an injury that caused you significant harm during a truck accident in Texas, it is possible to recover financial compensation with the help of our attorneys from Williams Hart. Call our offices today at (800) 220-9341 to discuss your legal options.

Trucker charged with South Texas vehicular accident that killed four

Trucker and Weslaco, Texas resident Antonio Quintero was charged with four counts of criminally negligent homicide for causing a two-vehicle collision on Christmas Eve along Texas Farm-To-Market Road 186.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety Lieutenant Johnny Hernandez, Quintero was moving his tractor-trailer along the highway when he lost control of the vehicle, causing a collision with a pickup truck that was operated by 34-year-old Lasara resident Luis Cantu. The occupants of the pickup truck – 37-year-old Elizabeth Murad, 14-year-old Delroy Cantu, and eight-year-old Luis Cantu, Jr. – all died in the wreck along with Luis Cantu Sr.

Quintero is currently detained at a jail in Willacy County. Supposedly, Quintero was travelling at an unsafe speed when the accident occurred as he failed to navigate a curve.

Bus, 18-wheeler collision kills school teacher

Teacher and cheerleader sponsor Elizabeth Pope lost her life when the cheerleading bus she was returning home on from a football playoff game on Friday, December 2 at around 10:46 p.m. collided with an 18-wheeler that was headed east on Interstate 20, which is located about a mile west of Big Spring in Howard County, Texas.

Investigators said the truck crossed the center median after swerving to avoid a car in front of them and losing control and entered the westbound lanes, causing the collision with the bus.

Driver Christina Garlock, Pope, three 17-year-old girls, two 15-year-old girls, and a 14-year-old girl were rushed to the Scenic Mountain Medical Center in Big Spring and later, Kiara Hodge, Katie Kent, and a third cheerleader would be moved to University Medical Center in Lubbock, according to CBS7.

Our deepest condolences go out to the teacher and sponsor, who was no doubt close to many in the school. The attorneys at Williams Hart also hope for the speedy recovery of the driver and all injured cheerleaders.

Big rig truck accident spilled hazmat along Highway 225

A big rig truck accident that resulted in a hazardous materials spillage happened in the eastbound frontage roadway of Beltway 8 on Thursday, December 1, causing the Highway 225 frontage road in Pasadena, in the Houston metropolitan area in Texas, to become temporarily closed to public traffic.

According to preliminary investigations made by the Pasadena Fire Department, the 18-wheeler truck had 4,300 gallons of hydrochloric acid inside it when it flipped over, spilling around 100 gallons of the contents.

Houston TranStar said they are yet to be privy to reports of injuries caused by the incident.

If you had been hurt in an accident involving large commercial trucks in the state of Texas, do not hesitate to seek the legal assistance of our attorneys at Williams Hart by filling out this contact information sheet.

Two-truck collision in Paige kills one

A collision between a semi-truck and a box truck that occurred along U.S. Highway 290 in Paige, Texas resulted in the death of one individual. The accident happened last Monday, November 28 at approximately 5:19 a.m.

According to preliminary investigations, a Ryder freight-liner that was hauling seafood was heading west on U.S. Highway 290 when it collided with a Peterbilt towing truck that was hauling lime. The former was operated by Pascual Rueda-Orozco, and the latter was operated by a 63-year-old man. Rueda-Orozco was declared dead at the scene of the accident while the Peterbilt driver was transported to a hospital via STARFlight helicopter.

Sergeant Robbie Barrera with the Department of Public Safety Texas Highway Patrol said drivers should be extra careful when it comes to driving early in the morning. He noted “when you’re driving out here, make sure you limit your distraction, especially early in the morning. I believe this crash happened at 5 a.m. It’s still a little dark outside. Don’t be on your cell phone, make sure you’re paying attention to your driving, and don’t be eating or reaching for anything.”

Death, injury toll in truck accidents within Texas rise

In 1976, a tractor-trailer struck the bridge rail in the right lane of Interstate 610 along the Southwest Freeway in Texas, resulting in the exposure of 7,509 gallons of anhydrous ammonia, the death of six people, and causing injury to at least 178 others.

According to an analysis of incident data from the United States Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Texas is number one in the country since 2000 when it comes to the number of injuries and evacuations in connection to moving hazardous chemicals on roads or rails. Just this spring, a semi-truck that had propane inside it crashed into another truck, with the ensuing explosion causing the death of one individual, injuring two others, and forcing 120 people to evacuate.

A study that was conducted by College Station in Brazos County-based Texas A&M University, which was done in 2011, showed that an average of 468 trucks carrying hazardous materials use Interstate 45 every day, while 249 trucks travel along U.S. Route 59, although they are not designated travel routes for trucks.

Our attorneys at Williams Hart, who provide legal services for our clients in the state of Texas, handle truck accident cases. If you need the services of our qualified legal representatives, fill out the contact information sheet at the top of the page so that we could discuss your case with you as soon as possible.

Sand truck-Ford collision injures woman

A collision between a Kenworth tractor trailer and a 2014 Ford Fiesta that happened at the general area of Bell and Hughes Street in San Angelo, Texas on Tuesday, October 25 at around 12:16 a.m. resulted in one woman getting injured.

According to San Angelo Police Department public information officer Tracy Gonzales, the victim was identified as a 29-year-old female passenger in the Fiesta, who had to be extricated from the vehicle by the San Angelo Fire Department due to entrapment and was taken to Shannon Medical Center for the immediate medical attention of her life-threatening injuries.

Meanwhile, the Fiesta’s driver, a 30-year-old San Angelo man sustained non-life-threatening injuries and refused to be taken to the hospital, while the driver of the tractor-trailer, a 39-year-old man from Graham in Young County, was not harmed in the incident.

The consequences that a truck accident can have on the life of a victim can be pretty devastating. As such, if you have sustained injuries arising from a truck accident in the state of Texas, and the accident was caused by the negligent actions of other individuals, do not hesitate to the legal assistance of our attorneys at Williams Hart by filling out the contact information sheet at the top of the page. Or, to get more information, call (800) 220-9341.

Tire blowout results in Robertson County fatal collision

The Texas Department of Public Safety reported a two-vehicle collision along Highway 6 at Sadberry Road in Robertson County resulted in the death of one individual. The accident occurred at approximately 1 p.m. last Friday, October 28

According to preliminary investigations, a 2005 Ford pickup truck that was towing a horse trailer was traveling north along Highway 6 when its right rear tire blew up, causing its driver to lose control. The Ford went into the southbound lanes of Highway 6 where it rolled onto the passenger side. The trailer that was hauling two horses also rolled over. A separate 2014 GMC pickup truck was headed south along the same highway hit the cab of the Ford, then veered off the southbound side of Highway 6.

The driver of the truck, who was hauling the two horses, was declared dead at the scene of the accident.

Johnston County crashes kill three

Three individuals lost their lives in three vehicular crashes, and the ensuing fire caused the evacuation of homes and businesses within a mile of I-95 in Smithfield. The incidents occurred on Wednesday, October 19, the North Carolina Highway Patrol reported on Thursday, October 20.

The first accident happened around 12 p.m. when Tacoma, Washington resident Nenard Sekulic veered from the road near Four Oaks and into a line of trees as he was driving his tractor-trailer. He was trapped inside his vehicle for hours and had to be airlifted to WakeMed Health and Hospitals in Raleigh. Charges are expected to be filed against him.

An hour later, a recreational vehicle crashed into a tractor-trailer that was hauling dry chemicals. The impact caused a fire to break out, which released a toxic column of smoke. One person died in the accident.

Finally, a collision between another RV and tractor-trailer at approximately 2:25 p.m. caused the death of two individuals within the RV.

Big-rig accident kills man and injures two children

A father, a five-year-old boy, and a toddler were on I-45 south in a big-rig moving truck last Friday, October 14 when the father lost control of his vehicle. At around 1:15 a.m., their vehicle hit a metal guardrail and a concrete post near Aldine Bender Road in Houston, Texas, the Houston Police Department reported.

According to preliminary investigations, the impact caused the truck to flip over and erupt into flames. The father died at the scene of the accident while the five-year-old boy was able to pull his baby brother out of the vehicle and into safety, HPD Sergeant James Roque said.

Dhaval Shah, a University of Houston business student who was resting at his family’s hotel near the scene of the accident, said he was awakened by the sound of explosion at around 1:15 a.m. He noted, “I looked out the window, and I just saw fire, so I just ran out the door. I was trembling – my legs and my whole body was shaking.”