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18-Wheeler Involved in Fatal Texas Accident Lacked Permits

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Jarod Cassidy2 years ago

Regulators have found that the tractor-trailer responsible for a deadly accident at a Central Texas overpass did not have the special permits required to carry an oversized load.

New Details Released Following Fatal Accident

One person was killed and three others were injured last Thursday when an 18-wheeler carrying an oversized load snagged a bridge beam on an Interstate 35 overpass in Salado, causing sections of the bridge to collapse.

While no citations were issued Thursday, NBC-DFW reports that officials investigating the incident have determined that the truck involved was not permitted to carry the oversized load.

Additionally, the Department of Public Safety estimates the load being carried by the tractor-trailer exceeded 14 feet in height – the bridge the truck attempted to pass under had three advisory signs posted indicating a clearance of 13 feet, 6 inches.

Authorities are continuing with their investigations. The company that owned the semi, Lares Trucking, has been the subject of five inspections over the past two years. On two of those occasions, investigators noted defects that were significant enough to pull their trucks out of service.

Trucking Accident Statistics

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 3,921 trucking fatalities in 2012 – a 4-percent increase from the 3,781 deaths recorded in 2011.
  • Of the 2012 fatalities:
    • 73 percent were occupants of passenger vehicles
    • 18 percent were occupants of large trucks
    • 10 percent were non-occupants including bicyclists and pedestrians
  • An additional 104,000 people were injured in trucking accidents in 2012, marking an 18-percent increase over 2011.
  • Texas led the nation in fatal trucking accidents in 2012.


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