About 115 miles south of San Antonio at approximately 7:00 AM on Thursday, January 15, a tanker truck full of oil crashed into a pickup truck and then rolled onto its side. Another vehicle and a van then collided with the tanker causing it to burst into flames. The five men in the van all died at the scene, and their names have been released by the Texas Department of Public Safety: Justin Lara, Juan Francisco Medellin, Edward Pena, Carlos Rubio, and Sergio Javier Veyro. They were all on their way home from work when they were killed in this tragic crash.
The driver of the pickup reportedly had burns over 80 percent of his body and was sent to a San Antonio hospital.
At Crosley Law Firm, we emathize with those injured in this catastrophe, and our thoughts go out to the families of the victims who died. We know that devastating crashes like this one are on the rise in South Texas and the Eagle Ford Shale region despite safety measures like adding short-term passing lanes known as “Super 2s” to highways. The simple fact is, these highways have become saturated with trucking traffic from the increased drilling and fracking activities in the region, and driver safety has become compromised.
We are continually trying to raise awareness among our clients and the public by creating informational tools such as infographics to help people understand how the booming trucking industry has dangerously affected the Eagle Ford Shale region and the rest of Texas. But we continue to see horrific wrecks like the one that occurred on Thursday, and we continue to take on new clients who have been injured or lost someone they love in trucking crashes so that we can help them as they heal and transition into their new life after a tragedy.
If you or someone you know has been injured or has lost someone as a result of a trucking or automotive crash – contact Crosley Law Firm right away. You can schedule your free consultation by calling (877) 535-4529, or you can use our convenient free case review form to submit the details of your situation online. One of our attorneys will promptly get back to you so we can start applying our knowledge, experience, and expertise to your case.
Zavala, E. (2015, January 15). 5 oil patch workers die in fiery crash. San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved from http://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Deadly-crash-illustrates-dangers-on-roads-in-6019197.php
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