Five men who are believed to be oil field workers were killed Thursday
morning - January 15
th - in an accident involving a crude oil tanker truck. According to authorities,
a van the men were traveling in slammed into the overturned truck and
subsequently burst into flames. The accident took place just southwest
of San Antonio in the Eagle Ford Shale.
The incident occurred around 8:15 a.m. when a tanker transporting crude
oil attempted to evade a pickup truck as it was turning off the highway,
lost control, and overturned. Two vehicles traveling behind the tractor-trailer
collided into the tank and caught on fire. Three additional victims were
injured in the collision, including one victim who was transported to
a local hospital in critical condition.
Thursday morning's incident is becoming increasingly common in areas
in and around South Texas oil fields, where many large commercial vehicles
essential to the fracking boom share the road with civilian traffic. Many
of these commercial vehicles are transporting crude oil or other dangerous
materials. Authorities are continuing their investigation into the crash.
Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs has handled many cases involving
oil field accidents,
fires and explosions, and accidents involving
commercial trucks. You can learn more about these types of accidents on our website or by
contacting our legal team.