Big Rig Crash May Have Been Caused By Mechanical Failure

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 9-Nov-2011

A collision between an 18 wheeler and a pickup truck Tuesday evening, resulted in the death of two people and injury of another, Department of Public Safety officials said.

According to officials, a tractor-trailer driver, Andrew J. Muniz, 25, of Odessa, Texas was driving west on FM 1787 when his truck slammed into a pickup, which was traveling north on FM 1788.

The driver of the pickup truck, a 38-year-old resident of Midland, Texas was pronounced dead at the scene, said DPS. His passenger, John Heath Morales, 39, of Marfa was also killed upon impact.

Muniz was transported to the hospital for injuries that authorities described as “non-life threatening.”

Marks in the roadway indicate the big rig pushed the pickup for several feet before coming to a stop in a field near the intersection.

DPS is looking into mechanical malfunction of the 18 wheeler as well as driver error, as contributors to the tragic crash. In addition to possible mechanical failure, officials are investigating whether the big rig’s driver may have run a stop sign at the rural intersection, sparking the collision.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family members and loved ones of those killed in the tragic accident.

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Our experienced lawyers, investigative team, professional consultants and devoted staff will help you seek just compensation for your injuries and loss. Call us, contact us online or visit one of the 11 locations for our accident attorneys in Texas for a free consultation. We care. We can help.


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