An 18-wheeler collided with a bridge outside of Sealy, Texas, on Thursday, July 6, killing a young girl and injuring her mother. According to police reports, the truck crashed into an Old Highway 90 bridge, killing the young girl when debris from the bridge fell down onto Highway 36.
Authorities confirmed that the truck, part of the Texas Disposal Services fleet, was traveling down Highway 36 around 10 a.m. with its boom in the raised position when it struck the overpass. The car was partially crushed by the falling debris, resulting in several serious injuries to the driver and killing the young girl riding in the front passenger seat. Another child, riding in the back seat of the car, was able to escape unharmed. The mother of the children, who was driving the car, was still in critical condition at the time of reporting.
Police are investigating the accident as a homicide, due to the truck's extended boom at the time of the crash. It is still unclear why the driver of the truck was traveling with the boom extended when he struck the bridge, which is known for having a low clearance and features a warning system to alert drivers if they are in danger of striking the bridge. According to TxDOT, the bridge has been scheduled to go under contract in September to be elevated.
Accidents involving large trucks are inherently more destructive, and often heartbreakingly so. An experienced personal injury and wrongful death attorney can help protect the rights of those affected by a trucking accident and seek full compensation for losses.