About the Fatal FedEx Accident
According to the San Antonio Express-News, the accident occurred under the Interstate 10 overpass shortly before 4 am Wednesday.
The cab of the FedEx truck burst into flames upon impact – the driver, 39-year-old Brandon Joseph Biagas, was found dead inside the cab after the fire was extinguished.
While investigators have yet to determine what caused the truck to lose control, Sgt. Andrew Ling of the San Antonio Police Department says the accident may be linked to driver fatigue.
A witness at the scene told police the truck had been drifting between lanes for several miles; no other vehicles were near the truck when it veered off the roadway and into the guardrail and column.
Westbound lanes of Loop 410 were closed until noon. The interstate overpass sustained massive fire damage.
Large Truck Accident Statistics
- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,921 people were killed and 104,000 people were injured in the 317,000 large truck accidents recorded in 2012.
- This marked a significant increase over 2011, when 3,757 deaths and 88,000 injuries were recorded.
- In 2012, occupants of the large trucks accounted for only 18 percent of truck accident fatalities with 697 reported deaths. 73 percent (2,843 deaths) of those killed in large truck accidents were occupants in other vehicles and 10 percent (381 deaths) were non-occupants, such as pedestrians and bicyclist.
- Among the most common causes of large truck accidents were:
- Driver fatigue
- Negligent passing
- Inadequate training
- Distracted driving
- Failure to keep proper lookout
- Failure to adhere to traffic laws