SAFEclear wrecker strikes car, kills passenger

KHOU-11 reports on a fatal accident involving a SAFEclear wrecker earlier:

A woman died in an accident on the East Loop Wednesday afternoon when a Safe Clear wrecker struck the vehicle, according to Houston police.

The female driver died at the scene of this East Loop accident.

The incident took place shortly after 1 p.m. on the northbound side of the Loop between Wallisville Road and McCarty Street. Police said the compact car was struck from behind by the wrecker, which pushed the vehicle into the back of a container truck.

The female driver died at the scene.

It is not known at this point if any driver was cited.

Wasn't SAFEclear supposed to PREVENT fatalities on the side of the road?

UPDATE: KPRC-2 posts more:

A fatal chain-reaction accident shut down the East Loop in northeast Houston Wednesday afternoon.

It happened at about 12:45 p.m. when a tow truck driver could not stop in time and slammed into several vehicles that had stopped on the freeway at the McCarty exit.

A driver in a Honda died after his vehicle was pushed under an 18-wheeler.

The tow truck driver was thrown from his vehicle, but his condition is not yet known.

UPDATE (01-26-2006): KHOU and the Chronicle initially reported that a woman was killed. Now, the Chronicle reports that a man was killed. As they sometimes say at the Chronicle, the "story changed."

Posted by Kevin Whited @ 01/25/06 04:34 PM | Print |

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