Thats cool...no injuries. I love how they say the Fed-ex truck SLAMMED into another truck. In another posting they were side by side when it happened. Just goes to show you that The big name gets the blame. Makes it easier on the lawyers. BS! I'm just glad the drivers were alright.
The other truck involved was a Southwest Traders which I believe distributes to the Starbucks. One report said they were southbound which means at that point there is a strong possibility the Fed Ex driver came through downtown Houston with a HazMat load. It looks like there are placards displayed on one of the trailers. I know a lot of drivers that would haul HazMat loads through town just to save 10 or 15 minutes, but is it really worth it.
On a closer inspection, the brakes 'S' cam turned over, locking the brake shoe: but the weight and horsepower drag wouldn't have been noticed in the cab, especially with an undercarriage stack, you wouldn't have noticed the smoke.
The fedex driver did not receive a ticket for the accident. The other driver rec'd a ticket for failure to control vehicle and maintain lane.
The fedex driver is in deep crap over the hazmat. Hazmat is restricted inside the inner loop (I-610) around Houston. The terminal he was headed to and wherever it was he was coming from was outside the loop area so he should have been on the loop. He was basically in downtown Houston when this accident occurred.
This will cost him his job, cost him a hell of a fine and also cost Fed Ex a hell of a fine. Saturday morning, he figures no DOT is around so he will cut 3-4 miles off of his trip. Litltle did he know how wrong he was!