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.
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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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
A dump truck and pickup collision that occurred at the intersection of U.S. Route 281 and Farm to Market Road 1937 in San Antonio, Texas resulted in the death of two people. Three others sustained injuries in the accident, which happened on Friday, September 30 around 4:30 p.m.
According to San Antonio Police Department Sergeant Trey Roussel, the two vehicles hit each other head-on, killing the driver of the pickup and his 12-year-old passenger. Meanwhile, three other people who were also passengers in the pickup truck sustained critical injuries. One of them, a two-year-old child, suffered from a compound leg fracture.
Police investigators said the dump truck driver allegedly tried to slow down and swerved as far to the right as possible to avoid traffic, but the driver collided with the pickup with enough force to send the truck into a ditch. The Bexar County driver was carrying a heavy load at the time of the accident. He was taken to the hospital to receive treatment for his minor leg injury.
The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office reported that 75-year-old Denton resident Beverly Chambers lost her life in a two-vehicle collision. Chambers’ accident occurred at the intersection of U.S. Route 380 (University Drive) and Marshall Road in Denton around 7:50 a.m. on Thursday, September 15.
According to the Denton Police Department spokesman Shane Kizer, Chambers was driving a Ford SUV south on Marshall Road when an 18-wheeler collided with her vehicle’s driver side. Selwyn College Preparatory School secretary Gail Summers said the intersection of Marshall Road and U.S. Route 380 is near her school, and the speed limit in the area is 35 miles per hour from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. during school days and 45 mph for non-school days.
Texas Department of Transportation spokeswoman Michelle Releford said that around the time of the accident, “initial indications are that all necessary measures were in place, including a changeable message sign notifying motorists of the traffic switch, new stop bar pavement markings, and new stop signs with orange flags.”
A two-vehicle collision happened near Farm to Market Road 1696 along Interstate 45 at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 14. The site of the accident is located north of Huntsville in Walker County. According to an article by KBTX, the collision resulted in the death of a truck driver working for UPS delivering packages.
According to preliminary investigations made by the Huntsville Police Department, a semi-truck for UPS collided with an 18-wheeler truck that was hauling vehicles. Both vehicles were traveling along the highway when the accident occurred. In a related development, a vehicle slammed into the back of the Huntsville Police Department squad car as police investigators conducted a probe into the initial collision. The occupant of the vehicle sustained minor injuries during the incident.
The attorneys at Williams Hart see tragic deaths as the result of trucking accidents far too often. Our thoughts and condolences are with the victims of this accident as they move forward.
A spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board said last Wednesday, August 31 that the Takata air bag parts, which figured in an explosion on Monday, August 22, were shipped properly. The blast near Quemado, Texas resulted in the death of one woman and injured three more people.
Preliminary checks have been made by the NTSB’s hazardous material team along with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on the Japanese automotive parts company. In a statement, the NTSB said: “Initial indicators are that the materials were packaged properly. If the review of documents and other information shows cause to investigate, the NTSB will do so.” The investigation was called for by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Ed Markey (D-MA), who are both members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
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