Five men were killed Thursday morning when a van collided with a crude oil tanker truck in the Eagle Ford Shale, southwest of San Antonio.
About the Fatal Oil Field Crash
According to Reuters, all five deceased are believed to be oil field workers.
The accident occurred when a tractor-trailer carrying crude oil overturned on the highway and caught fire. The van and another vehicle behind it were unable to avoid the truck and crashed into it.
At least three others were injured in the accident, one of whom was listed in critical condition after sustaining burns over 85 percent of his body.
The accident remains under investigation.
Trucking Accident Statistics
The following information was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- 3,921 people were killed in trucking accidents in 2012 – a 4-percent increase from the 3,781 deaths recorded in 2011.
- Another 104,000 people were injured in auto accidents, up 18-percent from 88,000 injuries in 2011.
- Of those killed in trucking accidents:
- 697 were occupants of large trucks
- 2,843 were occupants of other vehicles
- 381 were listed as non-occupants, including pedestrians and bicyclists