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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.

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