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Accident kills two children in Texas when truck loses cargo

Accidents often arise when either or both of the drivers make a mistake while the vehicles are underway. Sometimes however, a fatal accident can occur even when one of the vehicles is stopped. This was the case in a recent tragic incident in Texas that involved a utility truck and a pickup truck.

The first circumstance that led to the accident happened when an electrical transformer fell off of the utility truck when it was making a turn at an intersection. It evidently landed on the roadway. The truck driver, who was aware of the problem, stopped his vehicle and attempted to move the transformer. But he could not get it out of the way in time before the pickup truck carrying a woman and four children came upon the scene.

The pickup truck driver saw the transformer, but evidently too late to bring her vehicle to a stop. Her attempt at an evasive maneuver, to avoid the transformer and the man in the road trying to move it, caused her to lose control of her vehicle. It rolled over multiple times.  

Two of the children in the pickup truck died. According to police investigating the truck accident, neither was wearing a safety belt, and both were ejected from the vehicle. All three other occupants of the pickup were also injured.

The facts of this case raise the possibility of negligence on the part of the utility truck driver or others who may have been responsible for the transformer falling off of it during a turn. That potential negligence raises the further possibility that the utility truck driver and the company he works for may find themselves the subject of a wrongful death or personal injury lawsuit.

Source: KTBC, "2 children killed in rollover crash," Alex Villarreal, June 26, 2014

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