Tremaine Breland Injured by Airborne Metal Bar on Katy Fwy in Houston, TX
Houston, TX — June 29, 2022, truck driver Tremaine Breland was seriously injured in an accident on the Katy Freeway in Houston.
According to reports the incident happened around 1:50 p.m. on Katy Freeway (I-10) near Studemont Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Breland was driving an International tractor-trailer east on the freeway when a 10-pound metal bar covered in carpet, reportedly used to secure boats to trailers, traveled through the truck's windshield and hit him in the face.
Breland suffered serious injuries in the accident and was taken to an area hospital.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Tremaine Breland Accident in Houston
Unusual as the particulars of this accident are, this is far from the only time I've seen a driver get injured by loose pieces of other vehicles. Only further careful investigation might stand a chance of clarifying how a boat-securing bar ended up flying through the victim's windshield, but let's hope police make every effort to figure that one out. The Katy Freeway is covered in traffic monitoring cameras; hopefully they'll either find footage of a boat trailer losing the piece or at least get a general idea of how many boat-towing vehicles passed through the area around that time. Sending out a call for witnesses could also prove helpful in tracking down the source of that airborne metal bar.
People often make the mistake of thinking that situations like this are almost impossible to resolve. A lot of road debris can't realistically be tracked, it's true, but a boat-securing metal bar wrapped in carpet is a fairly specific item and as I mentioned above there may be some ways of drawing a bead on its origin. With time and diligence I hope officers are able to locate the boat trailer the piece came off and get some answers. Whether the victim should get some help with his injuries depends in part on what those answers turn out to be.