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FMCSA calls for more police training in response to truck accident fatalities

In a webinar produced in association with U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx’s program, Mayor’s Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets, and released on Wednesday, November 18, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a call to action that would instate more training for police officers regarding the conducting of routine or emergency traffic stops of large trucks and buses. The announcement comes in response to findings from the Administration’s latest collision fatalities study, which indicate that these large vehicles are overly represented in deadly accidents.

The primary takeaway in the study – which includes the latest available data up to 2013 – is that these large vehicles “accounted for about 4% of registered vehicles and 9% of total miles driven, but were involved in 13% of accidents and 13% of overall traffic fatalities,” according to the administration’s data.

FMCSA chief safety officer Jack Van Steenburg said officials must “pay attention to this detail” and make a concerted effort to mitigate these deadly accidents through more efficient and effective training practices.

Bowie County truck collision kills one

One man was killed and a second sustained bodily injuries after a fiery collision of a pickup truck and a tanker truck in a construction zone on Highway 59 South in Bowie County, Texas at around 10 p.m. this past Sunday, November 1.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety officials, a pickup truck driven by Texarkana resident Billy Ray Howard pulled out from County Road 1379 into the path of the tanker truck operated by 52-year-old Robert Clemenson, who was driving along a stretch of Highway 59 that is currently under construction.

The impact caused the tanker truck, which was carrying copious amounts of fuel at the time, to roll over and burst into flames, instantly killing Clemenson.

Liberty Eylau Assistant Fire Chief Guy Lamon said “excavation will need to be done…everything will have to be dug out to remove all the fuel” which spilled into the wooded area near the highway during the collision.

Five killed in Fort Worth multi-vehicle freeway wreck

One wreck led to another on the westbound lanes of Interstate 30 near Oakland Boulevard, resulting in the deaths of five people and injuries of 12 others, WFAA 8 reported on April 12.

At around 2:30 a.m., a single-vehicle accident occurred, prompting witnesses to pull over and assist those in the crash. Tragically, an oncoming semi-truck failed to avoid the small crowd, hitting pedestrians and vehicles, and ultimately bursting into flames.

A spokesperson for MedStar confirmed that four of the five fatal victims died at the scene of the truck accident, while another was pronounced dead some time after being transported to a nearby hospital.

A representative from the Fort Worth Fire Department said the cause of the fire that erupted on the semi-truck has yet to be determined. Although the truck driver was listed among the injured, police reports indicate that he did not seem to be in serious condition.

Semi-truck crushes car in fatal accident

A traffic accident involving a car and an 18-wheeler along Highway 225 westbound near Preston Road in Pasadena, Texas claimed the life of a woman on October 27, KPRC reported.

According to preliminary investigations, plastic containers flew off the trailer a pickup truck was hauling in front of the woman’s vehicle in traffic. The pickup truck driver stopped on the side of the road to pick up the containers, causing the woman behind him to slow down. Allegedly, the semi-truck driver failed to notice her braking, and the driver completely drove on top of the vehicle.

The police closed off Highway 225 to public use at around 9 a.m. to allow for emergency medical responders to retrieve the victim’s body, opening the road to traffic at around six hours later. No charges have yet been filed, but the incident remains under investigation, according to a statement made by police spokesman Vance Mitchell.

Multiple-truck accident on the Texas State Highway kills two

An accident involving four tractor-trailers and two pickup trucks on the Texas State Highway 349, south of Midland and County Road 180, claimed the life of two people, the Midland Reporter-Telegram reported on October 3.

Police responded to the scene of the accident and found one of the tractor-trailers and one of the pickup trucks burning, Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter said. The Texas Department of Public Safety conducted an investigation into the multiple-vehicle wreck and had the area closed off for most of the day. The cause of the serious accident has not yet been released by authorities.

Traffic along the southbound and northbound lanes had to be rerouted to Farm to Market Road 1788 from FM 1787, then onward to FM 1213 to County Road 1160, and then finally south to FM 1379.

The attorneys at Williams Hart are deeply sorry this tragic accident occurred, and we extend our deep condolences to the friends and family suffering during this time.

Car severed by truck undercarriage

A fatal truck accident happened on Texas State Highway 31 just north of Interstate 20, the Longview News-Journal reported on October 2.

According to police, Department of Public Safety troopers and firefighters responded to the accident around 10 a.m. Reports stated that a car became trapped underneath the bottom of an 18-wheeler truck, and the top of the vehicle was severed. The driver, as of yet unidentified, was killed. The southbound driver of the commercial truck had been attempting to cross lanes on the highway when the accident happened.

Kilgore Assistant Fire Chief Mike Simmons said the driver of the tractor-trailer, who was also not identified publicly, was not hurt in the incident, although he was brought to a local hospital as a precaution. Police remain unsure how exactly the accident occurred.

The attorneys at Williams Hart are deeply sorry this incident occurred, and we extend our sincere condolences to the friends and family suffering during this difficult time.

Mack truck-logging truck collision kills one in Texas

The Texas Department of Safety reported that an accident between two 18-wheelers claimed the life of one person in Smith County, an area located east of Tyler near LB Wilson Lake, in late December.

According to the authorities, 59-year-old Kennard, Texas resident Archie Lee Moore, the driver of a logging truck, had been heading south on County Road 21 (also called Red Bird County), when he collided with a Mack truck driver who was westbound on County Road 26 (also known as Jamestown Road).

Initial investigations showed that the Mack truck driver “failed to yield the right of way at a stop sign,” causing the logging truck to be trapped underneath the Mack truck and the Mack truck to veer off the road.

It was not clear in the DPS report who died in the accident.

Beltway 8 pileup kills two people, injures four others

A multiple-car pileup on Beltway 8 in Houston killed two people and injured four others on Friday, November 15.

According to the Harris County Precinct 4 report, the accident occurred around 11 a.m. in the westbound lanes of Beltway 8 when a dump truck slammed into several vehicles.

The report said that a Global Waste Services garbage truck crashed into an extended cab truck with four people on-board. Immediately afterwards, the dump truck struck another vehicle with two people on-board, and then went on to hit a pickup truck.

The impact sent the pickup truck into a concrete barrier where it burst into flames. The dump truck driver and the pickup driver both died on site.


One woman dies in Buda dump truck accident

A dump truck driving on Farm to Market 1626 in Buda, Texas early in the morning of Monday, November 10 lost control, causing its load to fall on top of another vehicle and the death of one woman, police investigators said.

A baby boy, who was riding with his grandmother in the vehicle, survived the crash.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Jacob Burlison, the dump truck was traveling east of FM 1626 when it lost control and crashed into a westbound car, which had stopped to avoid a collision with the out-of-control truck. The dump truck hit the guard rail and then fell on top of the car, killing 58-year-old Trisha Marie Foulkrod.


I-40 crash claims two lives, including that of Cosby firefighter

Two people, including a firefighter who worked for 13 years in Tennessee’s Cosby Volunteer Fire Department, perished in an early morning truck crash on Tuesday, September 17 at around 6:45 a.m. on Interstate 40 in Cocke County.

A tractor trailer truck operated by 31-year-old Hartford resident Roger Hawk was sitting on the side of the interstate at milemarker 442 westbound near Newport, Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers said. Hawk and his passenger, the 33-year-old firefighter Elmer Ball, were standing near their vehicle when another big rig veered off from the interstate highway and crashed into it, instantly killing Ball and the driver of the second truck, 50-year-old Shelby, North Carolina resident Ricky Lee McCurry.

Police investigators are still trying to piece together details of the accident to find out what could have caused McCurry’s vehicle to run off the roadway and slam into the parked truck.