KILLEEN, Tx.– A trucker driving a truck with a mounted crane became trapped and was seriously injured after his brakes failed causing him to veer off the roadway and overturn.
The accident occurred on Wednesday morning, June 13, at U.S. 190 and Fort Hood Road in Killeen, Texas.
The truck driver, identified as 48-year-old Michael Davis, became trapped in the truck around his pelvic area and suffered serious injuries, according to rescuers.
After Davis was freed, he was taken by ambulance to to Scott & White Hospital, in Temple where he remained in intensive care on Wednesday. Police said he was expected to recover.
Witnesses said the truck carrying the crane was eastbound on the Highway 190 access road after taking the Fort Hood Road exit when it appeared the truck lost its brakes.
One man, Daniel Sweeney, was driving his car at the intersection when the truck and crane veered into a pawnshop parking lot, crossed four lanes of Fort Hood Road, crashed into a guardrail and overturned in the ditch on the east side of the roadway.
Police said it was amazing that no other vehicles were involved.
Texas truck accident lawyers, Gordon, Elias & Seely, say that poorly maintained truck brakes are the single greatest factor contributing to truck accidents. According to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), more than 29 percent of truck accidents in the study involved brake failure, brakes out of adjustment, worn brake components, or other problems with the truck brakes.