Oil Rig Crashes Onto Vehicle on US 281, Two Killed

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 12-Nov-2012

Two people were killed when an oil rig fell on their vehicle while they traveled on U.S. 281 near the Edinburg airport on November 9, 2012 , officials said.

Police identified the mother, who was driving the vehicle at the time of the oil rig accident, as 54-year-old Viola Salas Martinez. Her 17-year-old son, Jonathan Lee Martinez, was also killed in the U.S. 281 truck accident.

A three-year-old was also in the vehicle at the time of the oil rig crash. That child was transported to Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen.

The drive of the oil rig was not injured in the wreck, police said.

Safety advocates have pointed out some of the serious dangers associated with increasing oil rig traffic that has been occurring across the state recently, resulting in an influx of oil rig related accidents and fatalities. With increased oil traffic comes the necessity of increased training and safety standards to keep other drivers, passengers and oil field workers safe from associated risks.

If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one as a result of the negligence of another driver, call our traffic accident attorneys in San Antonio, Laredo and across the state for a free consultation at 254-633-2983 or stop by any of the 10 office locations for our Texas personal injury law firm.

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