Last Friday, two more people lost their lives in a truck crash. It happened shortly after 11:00 a.m. at a toll plaza on the North Sam Houston Tollway near Veterans Memorial.
The collision involved a chain reaction. A dump truck smashed into a Dodge Charger, which was hurled into a Honda and slammed into the median. Flames then burst forth. The man driving the truck and the woman driving the Charger were killed. Deputy Constable Joe Williams was driving the Honda, and his wife was a passenger. At the time of the collision, he remembers a loud crash and glass flying. Both were rushed to the hospital from the scene. Deputy Williams reported later that he was bruised, but his wife is in critical condition.
Traffic was snarled for hours as responders investigated the wreck and cleared the wreckage.
The tragedy of this collision dramatically highlights the risks of collisions involving heavy trucks on our roadways, and the hazards imposed upon motorists by truck transportation. It is imperative that trucking companies hire healthy and competent drivers. It is further essential that these companies train their drivers, establish safety policies, and monitor their drivers for compliance. In addition, drivers of passenger vehicles must exercise caution around trucks. Truck transportation can benefit society, but only when safely conducted.