1-800-Truck-Wreck is reporting a recent commercial vehicle accident in Fannett, TX, that involved two dump trucks and a passenger vehicle, and caused serious injuries to three people.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS) said that a Peterbilt dump truck was traveling southbound on Highway 124.
A Freightliner dump truck and a small passenger vehicle were traveling behind the Peterbilt truck, and a 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe was headed north on Highway 123 at around the same time.
As the Peterbilt and the Tahoe passed each other in traffic, two rear tires came off the dump truck and struck the Tahoe, which then careened into the southbound lane.
The driver of the Freightliner dump truck, which was behind the Peterbilt truck, slowed down in an attempt to avoid the collision, but smashed into the Tahoe.
The Tahoe then veered off the highway and into the woods, hitting some trees before becoming engulfed in fire.
The driver of the Tahoe, Enola Walker, 32, a resident of Beaumont, was seriously injured in the wreck and taken to a local hospital.
There were four other passengers in the SUV – all children under 12 .
Two of the four children suffered minor injuries, and the other two suffered serious injuries.
Fifty-seven-year-old Manuel Rodriguez, the driver of the Peterbilt dump truck, did not suffer any injuries.
Forty-nine-year-old Darrell Lee, the driver of the Freightliner dump truck, was able to escape from his commercial vehicle before it caught fire.
Lee did not suffer any injuries in the wreck.
“In these types of truck wrecks, when you have equipment malfunctions, liability can become very complex,” stated Amy Witherite of 1-800-Truck-Wreck. “The tires coming off the Peterbilt dump truck may initially be considered the contributing factor to the accident, but there are many aspects to these wrecks that need to be investigated, including the last time the vehicle was inspected, whether the tires were defective, or whether an auto mechanic is responsible for the tires not being properly torqued to the vehicle.”