According to authorities, a big rig accident that involved an oversize load involved an 18-wheeler, which did not carry proper oversize permitting. The tractor-trailer rammed into Interstate 35 Bridge causing a fatal accident. Upon impact, beams fell into the traffic below causing one fatality and several injuries.
As reported recently, the owners of the trucking company failed to obtain the necessary special permits for carrying oversized loads within the state of Texas. Part of the process, involves the Department of Motor Vehicles providing safe routes for the oversized load.
Certain fees are charged for permitting oversized loads to be transported across the state of Texas. One person was killed and two other injured in the accident.
While no citations were issued at the scene of the accident it appears that the subsequent investigation revealed the lack of necessary permitting.
The bridge was 13’6″ high and the load carried by the truck was 14’7″ tall. According to authorities, there were at least two signs showing the vertical clearance from the bridge prior to the bridge.
The crash occurred near Salado, Texas, which is 40 miles north of Austin.
Oversize load permits are important safety step for ensuring safe travel for oversize loads within our state. The failure to obtain a necessary permit and plan out the proper route for travel is unconscionable.