Injuries Reported, Pineapple Spilled in Truck Accident on I-45 in Montgomery County, TX
Montgomery County, TX — July 25, 2022, injuries were reported after one 18-wheeler hit another that blew a tire on Interstate 45 in Montgomery County.
According to reports the incident happened shortly before 11:00 p.m. on I-45 near the Montgomery/Walker County line. Preliminary investigation suggests a tractor-trailer hauling pineapple was traveling on the roadway when one of its tires blew out. The truck tipped and separated from its trailer; the trailer then crashed into the freeway's divider and overturned in the travel lanes.
After the initial accident a second 18-wheeler came along and crashed into the overturned trailer, tearing it open and spilling nearly 20 tons of pineapple across the roadway.
The second big rig sustained major damage in the collision. Its driver was taken to a Houston hospital and at last report was in stable condition. It's unknown if the pineapple truck driver was hurt.
The investigation continues. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Truck Accident on I-45 in Montgomery County
It sounds from reports like this accident was triggered in large part by one truck blowing a tire and losing control. If so, that may be a more complicated situation than it first appears.
Tire blowouts can be more complex than people realize due to the fact that they're challenging to investigate properly. Folks tend to just assume that something punctured the tire or that it was worn out and should have been replaced. Those are both common factors, and certainly looking into things like the truck's maintenance record could show some concerning revelations. Maybe the driver shirked their duties to keep their vehicle in good condition, but it's also possible that's a symptom of a larger company-wide neglect. If so, that must be addressed as well.
While it's possibly the least likely factor, it's also important to consider the possibility of a defective product. Tires are sometimes designed or constructed poorly, leading to blowouts under circumstances where they normally wouldn't (and reasonably shouldn't) fail. It takes special equipment and specialized training to identify a defective tire, and boots-on-the-ground police investigators rarely have access to either.
Making sure of the real reason the tire failed is another reason independent investigations are so important after truck wrecks like this. Are proper steps being taken here to get answers about what ultimately caused this one?