A tractor-trailer on state Highway 225 crashed into a natural gas line, resulting in the death of the driver and the closure of parts of the highway for more than 14 hours, illustrating just how dangerous tractor-trailer accidents can be in Texas, according to attorney Gene S. Hagood, who has handled some of the largest and most severe truck accidents in United States.
"This tragic accident shows just how hazardous accidents involving tractor-trailers and other big rigs can be in Texas," Hagood said. "Unfortunately, these accidents have become increasingly common in Texas in recent years. That's partly because there are so many trucks on the road, especially due to the state's strong oil industry. That's why it's critical that trucking companies do everything they can to emphasize the importance of safe driving to truck drivers in Texas."
The fatal truck accident occurred shortly after 1 p.m. on June 22 on Texas 225 in the Allen Genoa section of Houston, according to the Houston Chronicle. (Houston Chronicle, "Texas 225 eastbound reopens after a truck collision with feeder road pipeline shut it down," June 22, 2015)
The truck driver was killed when his tractor-trailer crashed into a natural gas line, causing a gas leak and forcing officials to shut down parts of Route 225 until 4:45 a.m. on June 23, more than 14 hours after the crash, according to ABC 13 News. (ABC 13, "Hwy 225 reopens following deadly crash," June 23, 2015)
The cause of the accident remains under investigation, according to KHOU News, which interviewed a survey crew working near the scene of the accident. "We saw the white smoke shooting up," said Michael Orchin with the surveying crew. "We didn't know there was a guy in there... but then we got pictures of them bringing him out on the stretcher." (KHOU News, "SH 225 reopens after fatal accident, gas leak," June 23, 2015)
"We know how complicated such accidents can be in Texas," Hagood said. "That's because so many factors often come into play with truck crashes. There's the driver, road conditions, traffic conditions, even whether the contents of the truck were loaded properly - every single detail needs to be carefully examined and reviewed before investigators can paint a complete picture of exactly what happened.
"But no amount of investigation will unfortunately bring back the driver who lost his life in this accident," Hagood added. "That's what so heart-breaking about these accidents. No matter what measures are taken to avoid truck wrecks in the future, they won't bring back the driver who perished in this horrific accident."