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Diesel Truck Accident in Midland TX

I’ve been detailing the many truck & auto accidents in my area here at Odessa Law Practice, and this accident happened a couple of  hours ago.  A Tanker truck that was filled with diesel fuel rolled over  at Craddick Highway & Holiday Hill Road.  They left a huge plume of black smoke over Midland, TX.   The tanker truck was filled with diesel fuel.  Emergency responders closed  off Holiday Hill Road until they had everything under control. There were multiple law enforcement and emergency fire teams on the scene. The rollover happened about 4:45 this afternoon.  We don’t know if the driver or anyone else was injured in the crash.

*Yesterday, on 07/28/2012, a 20-year-old Midland man died near Highway 191 and Loop 250. The victim was Mark Anthony Varela. Police stated that Varela was heading northbound, in the concrete landscape area South of 191 under the overpass for Loop 250.

Police stated that Varela was not on the roadway and he proceeded northbound and went off the edge of the underpass. They stated that he ended up upside down in the eastbound lanes of travel.

Police said a 2008 F-150 truck driven by 37-year-old Sammy Rocha and occupied by Sammy Rocha Jr., 18-years-old, struck Varela’s vehicle.

Varela died at the scene. Both occupants of the F-150 were transported to Midland Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

 

These types of accidents happen all too often in the Odessa and Midland, TX area. Maybe a mandated ‘Driver Education Program’ would be able to curb the many car crashes that happen here.I know where I used to live in the North Country, the students in High School were taught Driver’s Education. The driving conditions were quite hazardous because seven months of the year we had ice and snow on the road. Yet, we didn’t have fatalities like they have in this area.In fact, a fatality was rare.

Last year in Odessa, TX, in 2011, we had over 100 car crashes. I think we’ve had almost that many this year already and it’s only July. I tried to research the data – but, I think the Media has been told to downplay the traffic accidents. I wasn’t able to find out any solid data for this year.Hopefully, MOTRAN will be able to help raise awareness. Please call Odessa Law Practice at 432-301-9252, if you have any issues with car accidents.

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