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Fatal truck accident in Texas shuts down freeway for 17 hours

An 18-wheeler accident in Texas resulted in the driver being killed and a passenger being injured.  The truck also spilled 250 gallons of diesel fuel onto U.S. 290 and it resulted in the highway being closed for 17 hours.

The accident occurred on April 8, 2014 at 12:30 a.m.  Apparently the driver failed to stay in a single lane as the truck then struck a guard rail.  It was then that the big-rig rolled upon its side and went up in flames.  

The driver was unable to escape from the wreckage. The passenger was thrown from the sleeping compartment of the truck. The condition of the passenger has not been released.

It took until 6:00 p.m. for police and Texas Department of Transportation officials to have the accident scene cleaned up. Besides cleaning up the fuel and the cargo that spilled over onto the roadway, repairs to the roadway were also required. Traffic was reportedly backed up for miles.

There are many reasons for why truck accidents have occurred. It isn't always just the fault of the driver. Truck drivers often are asked to operate large commercial vehicles while working long shifts or while being expected to meet specific deadlines set by the trucking companies. Trucks may be overloaded or poorly maintained. Sometimes these trucking companies fail to provide drivers with adequate training.

Trucks are already difficult enough to maneuver and operate under the best of circumstances. There will obviously need to be an investigation conducted to determine how this accident occurred. We don't know as of yet exactly what did occur. As tragic as this truck accident already was, it obviously could have been much worse.

Personal injury attorneys experienced in investigating motor vehicle accidents will represent victims and hold the negligent parties responsible. Lawyers have access to resources to recreate accidents and make determinations as to how fast vehicles were traveling when an accident occurred. Understanding how an accident occurred can also prevent similar types of accidents from occurring in the future.

Source: Houston Chronicle, "Northwest Freeway reopened after deadly crash," Dale Lezon, April 8, 2014

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