Broken axle assembly kills motorist in Texas

| 8/9/2006

Investigators in Pasadena, TX – located just east of Houston – are trying to figure out why part of an axle came off of a truck's trailer Tuesday, killing a motorist.

Pasadena police captain Bud Corbett told “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio that the axle that came loose was on the left side of the forward trailer tandem, and that once it broke free, it went airborne.

“A left axle assembly on the (trailer) separated from the vehicle, crossed onto the opposite lanes of traffic, and struck a 1996 Nissan Maxima that was traveling in the opposite direction,” Corbett said.

The driver of the car, a 40-year-old unidentified man was killed instantly when the axle came through his windshield.

The 43-year-old truck driver – who Pasadena police are not identifying – was not charged at the scene. The truck was owned by Houston Distributing Co., but other details about the trailer have not been released.

– By Reed Black, staff writer