North Freeway 18-Wheeler Accident Tragically Kills Motorist, Injures 11-Year-Old Boy
A bizarre 18-wheeler accident along the North Freeway claimed the life of a motorist yesterday afternoon and sent his 11-year-old son to the hospital.
Southbound 18-Wheeler Lost 2 Tires When Tandem Axel Broke
The August 4th crash occurred just after 1:30 p.m., in the 20700 block of the North Freeway near Louetta.
According to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, the semi-truck was headed south when a tandem axel broke and sent two of its tires into the air. One of the tires ended up in the northbound lanes of the highway, where it struck a passenger vehicle head-on.
The 32-year-old driver of that vehicle died at the scene. His 11-year-old son was a passenger in the car and was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
Investigators to Review Truck Maintenance Records
“It’s not real right now,” the victim’s wife later told ABC 13. “It’s not real.”
In addition to his wife and son, the victim also leaves behind four daughters.
The outbound I-45 North Freeway was blocked for several hours as deputies and crews cleared the scene. That portion of the highway was finally removed around 5:30 p.m.
So far, no charges have been filed against the 18-wheeler driver, but the investigation into the accident is ongoing. According to Gonzalez, the truck’s maintenance records will be reviewed to determine if any negligence in maintenance might have contributed to the tragedy.
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