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Truck thief crashes rig into home, killing one


A woman is dead after a truck thief ran a tractor into her home as she slept late on Monday night. 

The accident happened on October 25th at around 10:40 p.m. in northwest Harris County, Texas. 

According to ABC 11 News, police initially received reports of a truck-theft from a local trucking company located approximately 10 miles from the crash scene. Police located the rig using GPS tracking, and caught up to the thief, who promptly led them on a chase. 

The 39-year-old truck thief, Erick Black, then aimed the rig at a mobile home and lept from the vehicle, sending it crashing into the home without a driver. 

Black was then transported to a nearby hospital for minor injuries as crews worked to search the house for residents. 

One man was discovered trapped beneath the tractor, and crews assembled poles to keep the surrounding area stable as they worked to pull him from the wreckage. The man suffered serious injuries but is expected to survive. 

Two other men inside of the house were not hurt, but one woman was initially thought to be missing. She was later found deceased inside of the house. 

Police say that Black has a prior criminal history, and was out on parole for a different ‘evading with a motor vehicle’ charge at the time of the truck theft and subsequent crash. 

Black is currently facing murder and reckless aggravated assault charges – two felonies that carry a minimum of 25 years in prison. The Harris County District Attorney’s Office plans to put the suspect on no bond.


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