Police in Texas released a police report on a truck driver’s crash with an oversized load that happened in La Porte last week.
The crash occurred on Thursday, November 5, in Harris County, Texas, according to police records obtained by CDLLife on November 13.
Police say that the crash occurred in the 900 block of West Barbours Cut Boulevard in La Porte.
A witness told police that a truck driver hauling an oversized load consisting of an excavator pulled into the entrance for Texas Truck Parts at 6:20 a.m., but the gate to the business was closed.
The witness said that the oversized load driver stopped at the gate “and the pile driver boom protruded into the entire outside (right) lane of the eastbound main lanes of West Barbours Cut Boulevard.”
Several trucks stopped and then went around the boom in the roadway, the witness said, and some came close to striking the boom.
At 7 a.m., a semi truck collided with the boom in the roadway. Police say that the boom went into the cab and “removed most of the top portion of the cab.” The semi truck came to a stop after the impact with the boom still stuck partially inside the cab.
Both the witness and the oversized load driver called 911.
The truck driver who struck the boom was life flighted to a nearby hospital.
The witness told police that the oversized load driver “knew that the boom was in the outside lane of travel.”
The witness also stated that the oversized load driver did not flag traffic or place safety triangles but that there was a flag on the end of the boom of the pile driver he was hauling.
Police say that the crash remains under investigation pending an interview with the truck driver who was injured.