Stray tire leads to trucker's death

| 10/18/2001

A truckdriver was killed Monday when his tractor-trailer flipped over a concrete wall and crashed into a pole near Houston, TX. The accident, which shut down the North Loop freeway, happened when another vehicle lost its tire, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The stray tire bounced from the other side of the freeway and struck the truck, causing the trucker, whose name was not released, to lose control of the rig. The truck flipped and slid along the concrete wall in the center of the freeway for about 200 to 300 feet before hitting a pole. The rig was carrying 8 tons of topsoil, which spilled onto the highway.

The tire continued down the highway and crashed into a house, according to the newspaper. Two men were struck by the tire and taken to a nearby hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. The vehicle that lost its tire has not been found, but the tire has been sent to a lab for examination.