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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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AAA reminds drivers to secure their loads to prevent roadway accidents

AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a recent study that found 200,000 vehicular accidents during the past four years in the United States were the result of debris on the roads.

Crashes in the U.S. that happened as a result of road debris have risen by as much as 40% since 2011. Road debris caused about 39,000 injuries and over 500 fatalities in the U.S. from 2011 to 2014. Almost 37% of these deadly accidents occur when drivers swerve to avoid debris. Because of this information, AAA is asking drivers to be careful with their loads when traveling along roads and major thoroughfares in order to prevent such accidents from happening. AAA Texas member Doug Shupe said that one way to prevent road debris is making sure that one’s car or vehicle is properly maintained and any objects outside the vehicle are properly secured.

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Perryton child killed by truck while crossing the street

A young boy was hit by a truck and killed on the evening of May 22 around the 900 block of South Main Street, Amarillo Globe-News reported.

The boy, resident of Perryton, Texas, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was crossing Main Street when a 1-ton pickup truck with a 30-foot gooseneck trailer carrying oil field equipment hit him. According to Perryton Police Chief Tony Hill, there were other children crossing the road at the same time. So far, Hill said, the incident seems to be a tragic accident. However, the Texas Department of Public Safety will construct a recreation of the event and conduct a thorough investigation in order to fully understand what occurred.

The lawyers at Williams Hart send their deepest condolences to the friends and family suffering from this great loss.

East Texas man crashes, gets hit by semi-truck

Twenty-one-year-old Atlanta resident Aaron Wade Richardson was hit by a semi-truck after walking away from a first wreck, KTRE reported on May 1.

According to records from the Texas Department of Safety, Richardson was heading south on Highway 59 near a rest area between Atlanta and Linden when his 2006 Mercedes crossed the center line into the northbound lane, veering off the highway and into a row of nearby trees. Meanwhile, a 2006 Peterbilt semi-truck was traveling north on the same highway where Richardson’s vehicle crashed. According to the truck driver, Richardson was hit when he stepped into the roadway.

Police authorities have not been able to place the exact time that the accident occurred but were able to determine that Richardson left his residence at around 7:10 a.m. that day. Emergency medical respondents declared Richardson’s time of death at 10:11 a.m. The Department of Public Safety is currently conducting an investigation to determine whether anyone is liable for Richardson’s death.

The attorneys at Williams Hart send their deep condolences to the friends and family suffering from this terrible loss.

Three people hurt in Fort Worth accident

Two kids and one adult were hurt following an accident on West Interstate 35 near the Rosedale Street exit in Fort Worth, Texas at around 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 25.

According to police accounts, three 18-wheelers and one white car crashed with each other in the northbound lane in between Rosedale and Allen streets. Two of the trucks then tipped over, one spilling sand into the southbound lane of the highway and the other spilling radiator fluid and diesel fuel.

Both lanes of the highway had to be shut down while maintenance crews worked on cleaning the area.

The injured adult, who was identified as the one driving the white vehicle, was a 20-year-old who had a six-year-old and a two-year-old in her vehicle. They were all taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of their non-life-threatening injuries.

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I-40 truck accident injures two

Road traffic backup on Interstate 40 just before the Soncy exit caused cars to slow, leading to an accident between two semi-trucks that caused injuries to two people on October 9.

The accident occurred on the I-40 eastbound lane near Helium Road when one semi-truck hit another, closing both directions of the highway just west of Amarillo, Texas at around 3 p.m.

Both the driver and the passenger of the struck semi were transported to the hospital for immediate medical attention; one of them was airlifted by Lifestar.

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