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Commercial Vehicle Tire Blowout Leaves Two Dead in Angelina County, Texas

A commercial vehicle suffered a tire blowout in US Highway 59 North, near River Crest Road, in Angelina County on August 10, 2016.  The driver of the vehicle (Gorrin Caballero) lost control after the blowout, crossed the median, and collided with two southbound passenger vehicles.  The two vehicles struck by the 18-wheeler caught fire.  In total, two passengers, Brenda Ramon and Thaddeus Warden were killed.  Brenda Ramon was a passenger in the commercial vehicle along with other three passengers who suffered minor injuries.

The tire of the 18-wheeler may have been defective leading to the blow out.  Tires are often subject to defects leading to tread separation and blowouts.  Tires have speed ratings and driving too fast for the tires can lead to blowouts.  However, commercial vehicle drivers must perform a vehicle inspection prior to operating their vehicle which includes examining the tires.  Drivers often rush through their pre-trip inspection and ignore critical defects because placing a vehicle “out-of-service” means they will not get paid for the trip.

Drivers are also required to have adequate training and know-how to control their vehicle in the event of a blowout.  Crossing the median and striking two passenger cars leads is not the proper response to a blowout.  Drivers often face a lot of pressure when making delivers and regularly cheat their logbooks and drive in a fatigued state in order to get to the next job.  Fatigued driving drastically reduces response time and may have played a role in this wreck.

Federal law imposes strict regulations on commercial truck drivers and commercial trucking companies in order to protect the public from accidents like this.  Anyone who disregards the federal regulations and puts the public at risk must be held accountable for their actions.  Therefore, we encourage anyone with information about the wreck to come forward so that we may help bring the families justice and make driving on public highways safer for you and your family.

If you are an eye-witness, a relative of the deceased, or passed by the 18 wheeler accident near Angelina County, Texas on August 10, 2016, the information you have may be helpful for the investigation of this wreck.  Your information will make our roads safer for others when the responsible parties are held accountable for endangering others on public roads.  Please contact us at 877-892-2797.