Last Friday, February 14, 2020, a cement truck malfunctioned and spilled its wet cement in the 15700 block of Old Humble Road, creating a hazard and triggering a deadly crash that tragically left two drivers dead in Humble, Texas. According to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, he tweeted two pictures of the fatal crash, “It appears a Lattimore Materials truck with cement drum was leaving its plant and immediately began losing wet cement.”
During the incident, one of the drivers drove over the wet cement, lost control and crashed head on to another driver on the other side of the median. This tragic crash was entirely preventable.
Lattimore Materials Trucks Have History of Violations
Lattimore Materials is a Switzerland-based ready-mix concrete supplier and has offices all over the world, including one in Spring, Texas. They sent Fox 26 a statement, expressing its “sincere condolences” to the families of their loved ones who have tragically died.
The full statement follows:
“The safety of our employees, contractors, visitors, as well as the communities in which we live and work, is our top priority. We express our sincere condolences to the families of the two drivers who have died.
The investigation of this matter is ongoing, in close cooperation with local authorities. Until the investigation is complete, we aren’t able to provide any further details.”
The company’s trucks have been cited for 226 violations, including many violations for not properly securing a load, according to KPRC. Records from the U.S. Department of Transportation show that Lattimore’s trucks had been involved in nine accidents before last Friday’s crash, resulting in four preventable injuries.
Our thoughts go out to the families of the drivers after this preventable, tragic crash. Our top-rated Houston wrongful death lawyers at Morrow & Sheppard LLP will follow up with any updates to the investigation as information becomes available.