truck accident in Sealy, Texas injured one person and killed another when a Texas Disposal
Services truck collided with an Old Highway 90 bridge. According to law
enforcement, the truck was in a raised position when it hit the overpass,
causing debris to fall into traffic on Highway 36.
A white sedan carrying a mother and two children struck the rubble, injuring
the mother and killing the child in the front passenger seat.
The mother was flown to Memorial Hermann Hospital in critical condition.
The second child exited the car after the wreck and appeared unhurt. Law
enforcement stated the second child was released to family members after
Although there was a warning system to alert trucks of the bridge, the
truck driver appeared to ignore warnings and attempted to pass under the
bridge with the boom raised.
“There is a wire that is suspended across the street with metal tubes
or cylinders that hang down,” the Sealy Police Chief said. “There’s
a huge sign that says if you hit this, you are going to hit the bridge.”
According to other drivers, the truck hit the warning mechanism without
stopping or slowing down. Other drivers behind the truck filmed the accident,
but police have not released the video.
Because of the circumstances surrounding the case, police said they are
treating the investigation like a homicide. “That part of the truck
was suspended when it should’ve been down,” the Police Chief said.
The condition of the truck driver, a 72-year-old man, is unknown.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the bridge was replaced
roughly a year and a half ago when it was damaged in another
car accident. TxDOT is investigating the accident and said the bridge was last inspected
in April 2015.
A TxDOT representative also noted that Highway 36 and the bridge were going
to be elevated in the future to avoid flooding.