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Child Killed in Houston Trucking Accident

Destiny Baker2 years ago

A child is dead and several others are injured following a four-vehicle accident along Highway 290 at Mason Road in Northwest Harris County on Friday.

Details of the Houston Trucking Accident

According to KPRC, the accident began after an 18-wheeler collided with a Silver Kia Optima. Investigators said that the driver of the tractor-trailer looked down at his cell phone while driving and by the time he looked back up, he had rear-ended the Optima.

The Optima was carrying a 40-yar-old woman along with her 7-year-old daughter and her son, between 8 and 10-years-old. DPS officials stated the impact was so severe that the back bumper of the car was pushed into the front seat.

The force of the collision forced the Kia Optima into a Ford crew cab which then crashed into another vehicle.

The young boy was pronounced dead at the scene while the mother and daughter from the Optima were rushed to Life Flight to Memorial Hermann. The mother is expected to survive; her daughter was taken to surgery for a fractured skull. Two other drivers suffered minor injuries.

Trucking Accident Statistics

Following information provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 3,921 people were killed in trucking accidents in 2012, a 4 percent increase from 2011 when 3,780 fatalities were recorded.
  • An additional 104,000 people were injured as a result of crashes involving large truckes.
  • Of those killed in trucking accidents
    • 18 percent were occupants of large trucks
    • 73 percent were occupants of other vehicles
    • 10 percent were non-occupants (pedestrians, pedalcyclists, etc.)
  • Trucking accidents in Texas accounted for 14.3 percent of the national total – more than any other state. California accounted for the next second highest percentage, 6.4 percent.

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