A Texas man was taken into custody on multiple felony drunk driving charges on Dec. 27 following a three-vehicle crash in which two people died. Four other people in both of the cars struck by the man's vehicle were hospitalized with serious injuries.
A 52-year-old woman who was visiting Six Flags Over Texas for the first time fell out of a roller coaster car in July. According to authorities, the woman was riding the Texas Giant roller coaster when she slipped, falling approximately 75 feet before hitting a tunneled portion of the ride.
A Texas woman was killed after a dump truck rolled over her car. She had been on her way home with her grandson, who survived the accident. The truck had been headed west on FM 1626 in Hays County when its driver lost control. The truck hit one car before it rolled onto the 58-year-old grandmother's vehicle, crushing it and burying it with dirt. The truck driver said he swerved to avoid hitting another vehicle that cut him off before he lost control of his vehicle.
The 41-year-old former president of Port Arthur Chemical and Environmental Service, or PACES, was sentenced to 12 months in federal prison for workplace negligence that resulted in the death of an employee at the company. He pleaded guilty to violating OSHA policies and providing a false statement to authorities on May 9. In addition to a prison sentence, the man was also issued a $5,000 fine.
A lawsuit was filed against automaker Mitsubishi by the family of a Texas woman who burned to death in one of the company's vehicles, allegedly due to a malfunction that caused it to burst into flames. The wrongful death suit also named Smylie Unlimited and Meineke Car Care Centers as defendants in the case.
An accident involving a pickup truck and a second vehicle resulted in the death of five people in Texas. According to a sergeant with the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Dodge pickup, which was carrying two people, rear-ended a GMC truck that was carrying five people. The impact caused both vehicles to roll over before coming to rest in a nearby roadside ditch. All five people in the GMC were killed as a result of the accident.
Texas bus operators and commercial drivers may have been saddened to hear of a tragic accident in Tennessee on Oct. 2. A church bus was traveling on Interstate 40 in the northeast corner of the state when its tire blew out, causing it to cross the median and into oncoming traffic. The bus collided with an SUV and a tractor trailer, leading to the bus overturning and the truck catching fire.
The Harris County Sheriff's Office reported that a teen lost his life, and the driver suffered critical injuries after speeding and alcohol possibly caused the deadly accident on Sept. 15. The two occupants had been watching a televised boxing match before the fatal accident. The driver may have been speeding as he traveled down the street in his Honda Civic when he hit a curb and drove into a tree in the front yard of a residence. Neither person was restrained by a seatbelt when the crash happened. The driver was thrown from the car and transported to a medical facility in critical condition.
An Aug. 31 fatal accident was caused by a reckless driver, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. A man was driving a 2009 black BMW 351 south on the West Lake Houston Parkway, in the 19900 block, in the outside lane. Beside the BMW, in the inside lane, was a 2013 White Ford Fusion traveling south.
A 25-year-old Houston man died after an accident on Highway 59 North occurred in the early morning hours on Aug. 18. According to officers with the Houston Police Department's Vehicular Crimes Division, a white Cadillac DeVille changed lanes and crossed the median, striking a truck. The impact caused the Cadillac to spin before striking a freeway shoulder divider.