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Tanker Crash Kills Five in South Texas Oil Field

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.