NEW WAVERLY, TX – A semi truck driver was killed in a crash with another tractor trailer in New Waverly, TX on July 6, 2012. Shortly after the accident, a prison bus slammed head-on into one of the wreckers that was working at the scene of the original accident, seriously injuring two wrecker drivers and sending six inmates and three guards to the hospital for treatment.
New Waverly is located in Montgomery County, Texas in the southeastern part of the state, about 56 miles north of Houston and 106 miles north of Galveston.
The original accident occurred about 1:20 a.m. early Friday morning July 6 on the northbound side of I-45 at the FM 1374 overpass. Both 18 wheelers were traveling north on I-45. Apparently, the first semi was slowing his speed when the big rig that was following it slammed into the rear of the first 18 wheeler.
The force of the impact was so great that the frame of the second big rig had penetrated about 10 feet into the trailer of the first one. The load of steel pipe plunged into the front of the second truck so hard that the cab was smashed to pieces.
The driver of the second semi truck, Edwin Armando Flores, 37 years old from Katy, TX, was killed at the scene. The driver of the first semi truck, Daniel Porter Omeara, from Houston, was not injured.
An article in The Houston Chronicle website commented on the incident:
The tow truck drivers were clearing the scene of a drunken driving crash about 2:45 a.m. when the Texas Department of Criminal Justice bus hit one wrecker head-on … The bus was taking 23 inmates to the Alfred D. Hughes prison unit in Gatesville.
Apparently, there was alcohol involved in the first fatal accident where the second big rig driver was killed. The speed he was driving was apparent by how far his cab plunged into the first semi truck and he did not slow down in time when he rear-ended it.
The second accident occurred almost an hour and a half after the first accident at 2:45 a.m. when the prison bus crashed into the wrecker.
Posted by Houston truck accident lawyer Gordon, Elias & Seely, LLP