At least one child is dead and several other people injured in a horrific 18-wheeler wreck on Highway 290 in Houston
On Wednesday, August 1, 2018, an 18-wheeler overturned shortly after noon on the Southwest Freeway headed southbound near the exit for SH 288. The vehicle was a HazMat truck, and the crash snarled traffic, backing up nearly all of the freeway. The incident involved just one vehicle, and, thankfully, early reports do not mention any injuries.
A pregnant mother of three was killed instantly when a truck's wheel fell off and struck her windshield.
On April 23, 2018 during the early morning rush hour, an 18 wheeler hauling household trash on I-45 burst into flames after swerving to avoid an accident on the highway.
Last Friday night in Houston, an 8-year old boy was killed in a wreck around 5:40 p.m. on the inbound lanes of Highway 290 at the Grand Parkway. The child was a passenger in a Kia Optima that was crushed by an 18-wheeler.
On Tuesday, Houston, like most of the South, experienced a winter storm that left ice on roads throughout the area. Area residents were warned to stay off the roads but some, either due to need or due to recklessness, braved the roads anyway. The result was hundreds of wrecks reported on Houston area roads on Tuesday and Wednesday.
On January 11, 2018, an accident between several vehicles on Interstate 69 caused an 18-wheeler to drive off the overpass at University Boulevard and land on a car on the feeder road below. Investigators believe the incident was caused by the truck driver jack-knifing to avoid another driver and, consequently, flipping off the overpass onto the frontage road at University.
On December 19, 2017, around 5:45 a.m. all westbound main lanes of the 610 North Loop between I-45 and Airline were shut down after two early morning crashes involving five vehicles. One of those crashes, left one person dead.
On August 30, 2017, a tragic accident occurred involving an 18-wheeler and a small car and resulted in the death of two people. The crash took place around 6:30 p.m. on the southbound lanes of I-45, just south of Malloy Bridge Road, near the town of Wilmer on the Dallas-Ellis County line. The 18-wheeler was carrying a large amount of relief supplies to Houston to help those affected by the devastation caused by hurricane Harvey. According to the Sheriff's deputies, the small car was heading north on I-45 when it crossed the median and ran into the 18-wheeler. After ramming into the 18-wheeler, the small car was stuck under the truck and busted into flames.
One mother shares her tragic story about a fatal car crash that took away her two teenage daughters. The two sisters, 19-year-old Brianna and 17-year-old Jade, were traveling home from Spring break with their friends. Tragically, the driver of the car they were in lost control while checking for directions on her phone. An 18-wheeler struck the car from behind and killed backseat passengers, Brianna and their friend Brittanie Johnson, upon impact. Jade, in the front passenger seat, died several hours later, and the driver of the vehicle was critically injured but ultimately survived. The mother, Stacey Riddle, joined a campaign with the aim of spreading the "talk, text, crash" message, a problem she fears will continue if not talked about. Ms. Riddle pleads with drivers to be more careful on the roads.