Five men were killed yesterday morning - January 15, 2015 - following a
tanker truck crash on in the Eagle Ford Shale in Dimmit County. The men,
who are believed to be oil field workers, were involved in an incident
involving a crude oil tanker truck that crashed and burst into flames
on a South Texas highway.
According to authorities, the accident occurred shortly after 8:00 a.m.
in a fracking field southwest of San Antonio when the tanker attempted
to evade a pickup truck that had turned off the highway. Two vehicles
traveling behind the tanker crashed into the truck and were caught in
the subsequent fire. Five fatalities were reported and an additional three
victims were injured. Several victims were transported to local area hospitals,
including one in critical condition.
These types of incidents have become increasing common in the heart of
South Texas oilfields, where civilian motor vehicle traffic must coexist
with heavy industry trucks and vehicles transporting crude oil or other
dangerous materials. Authorities are continuing to investigate the accident.
Tom Rhodes Law Firm P.C. has extensive experience handling
commercial truck accidents and other catastrophic incidents involving the oil industry. For questions
about your rights after an accident, contact our legal team.