• August 04, 2022

Lee Simmons Killed, Child Injured in Loose Tire Truck Accident on North Freeway in Harris County, TX

UPDATE (August 5, 2022): Recent reports give more information about the fatal wreck. Authorities currently believe that the tandem axle of an 18-wheeler broke, causing two tires to fly into traffic. There, the tires hit two vehicles. In one of them was Lee Simmons, who reportedly suffered fatal injuries. His 11-year-old son was taken to a hospital. The truck remained at the scene, and authorities say they're looking into maintenance records at this time. No further information is available.

Harris County, TX -- August 4, 2022, one person was killed due to an accident where a tire came off a truck and hit two cars on I-45.

Preliminary reports indicate the crash happened at around 4:00 p.m. in the Spring area along I-45 near Louetta Road.

Right now, details are unclear. Reports say that a tire came off of a truck, then struck two other vehicles. As a result, one man suffered fatal injuries. It's unclear which vehicle he was in, and the man's identity has not been released.

Details surrounding the truck involved are also vague at this time. Reports did not say if the tire was a wheel assembly that came off, a tire that came off due to a blowout, or cargo that fell out of a truck hauling tires. Investigations are ongoing at this time.

Commentary on Lee Simmons Truck Tire Accident in Harris County

Initially I could only speculate about what exactly happened here, but more recent details certainly paint a concerning picture. A whole axle breaking isn't exactly common, but it happens. It's important folks realize these incidents aren't always as sudden as they may seem.

Lee Simmons Killed, Child Injured in Truck Tire Accident in Harris County, TX

Having handled hundreds of commercial vehicle wrecks over the years, folks would be shocked to see the condition some companies keep their trucks in. I've seen some axles which were more rust than anything. Allowing trucks to degrade to that point makes accidents like this one inevitable. Not only do those companies need to be held accountable for accidents their negligence causes, they need to face consequences stiff enough to ensure they clean up their act.

Now, I can't say if a lack of maintenance is what led to this crash. It's entirely possible, though even less likely, that some kind of defect led to a catastrophic failure. I'm certainly not suggesting the trucking company or driver involved here is automatically at fault for anything. That requires evidence, and the best way to get that evidence is to ensure investigators have the right experience and equipment. Maybe authorities can handle that on their own, but I wouldn't put all of my eggs in one basket when it comes to getting a grieving family the answers they desperately need. Perhaps more thorough independent investigations would be the more prudent path forward here.


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