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Big Rig Leaves Roadway And Strikes Tree

No matter what you are driving, using the proper equipment to ensure safety is essential, especially in the case of an accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an estimated 14,955 lives are saved each year just by using a seatbelt. 

A crash that happened early this morning on the North Freeway in which the driver wasn’t wearing his seatbelt. It cost that person his life. Chron.com reported on its website that the deadly crash involved an 18-wheel semi-tractor trailer rig that had been traveling southbound on Interstate 45 at approximately 4:00 a.m. when the big rig inexplicably left the roadway and crashed into a tree.

The force of impact of the 18-wheeler hitting the tree split the cab of the big rig, and the driver was ejected. Investigators at the scene say that the truck driver had not been wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. 

Houston Police officers responding to the accident declared the driver dead at the scene.

Authorities expect that the crash scene will be closed throughout the morning commute as the fatal crash is investigated, and the wreckage is cleared from the site. 

The accident is still currently under investigation. So far, investigators are uncertain what caused the crash and have not yet ruled out impairment by alcohol or drugs.

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