Another Tractor–Trailer Flips on I 45
Written by Greg on February 7, 2013
Early this morning came reports that an 18-wheeler had rolled over on the southbound feeder of Interstate 45 near Willis. The big rig had been loaded with sausage and apparently had struck a highway sign and rolled when it entered the median on the right-hand side.
Contributing to the accident was the soft ground of the median, which apparently had been readied for planting grass and was mud at the time.
Fortunately, the truck driver was reported to be in stable condition at the hospital. The truck driver’s explanation was that a car had cut the truck driver off and forced them to go to the shoulder.
The I- 45 Feeder Rd. was closed for approximately 4 hours while wreckers worked to move the 18-wheeler. Interestingly, this is the second truck accident at the same location in the past day.
Special Regulations for CDL Truck Drivers
Professional commercial drivers are subject to special rules because they operate vehicles that can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and easily demolish other vehicles that they may come into contact with. One of the rules a truck driver must adhere to is to use extreme caution when driving under hazardous conditions. Such rule is contained in section 392.14 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.
Rain is specifically listed as a condition in which a truck driver must use extreme caution. Driving too fast for conditions that exist on the right highway leads to many truck accidents.
Source: Montgomery County Police Reporter.