The body of a crane operator crushed when six stories of an old paper mill collapsed in east Harris County was removed from the debris. The investigation into what caused the collapse of the old Champion Paper Mill in Houston continues.
Release of the identity of the 58-year-old man who was killed is pending notification of family members by the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Nine other men were at the site when the accident occurred at about 7:45 p.m. and were about to finish working for the evening, said Southlake EMS Medical Director Joe Fress.
No one else was injured in the accident. Authorities believe the victim died instantly in the cab of the crane.
For several months, the crew has been working to demolish the former mill to make way for a residential area, Fress said
David Thompson with Caltex Holdings, the company that owns the facility, declined to reveal the name of the demolition company hired to knock down the mill or comment further on the incident.
“We’re not releasing anything today. We’re talking to OSHA to see what avenues we should we should take,” Thompson said Saturday.
Police are investigating a car accident that killed a man in northwest Harris County early Saturday.
An unidentified man was driving west in the 20400 block of the Northwest Freeway frontage road and began entering the freeway on-ramp around 6 a.m. when the vehicle swerved back toward the feeder road, authorities said.
The vehicle then struck the guardrail, rolling onto its right side and throwing the driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, from the vehicle, authorities said.
He was pronounced dead at the scene and his identity is pending an autopsy by the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office.
A Bedford, Texas woman, Christina Steele, has been charged with intoxication manslaughter after a man on a motorcycle was killed in an October wreck in Grapevine.
Christina Steele’s blood-alcohol level was nearly double the legal limit of 0.08 when she crashed into a guardrail of State Highway 121 near Glade Road the morning of Oct. 13, said Grapevine Lt. Todd Dearing.
Her Honda Civic did not have its lights on when it came to rest in the 5300 block of the highway, police said. Minutes later, as Steele stood outside her vehicle, Mark Askew, 27, of Justin, Texas crashed into her car, Dearing said.
Askew, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Steele was taken to Baylor Medical Center at Grapevine and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. A toxicology test showed her blood alcohol level to be 0.14 at the time of the accident, police said.
Steele, 33, was arrested Friday and booked into the Grapevine city jail. She has since been released on $5,000 bond.
If convicted, she could face up to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
An unidentified man suffered serious injuries Monday afternoon in a traffic accident near the intersection of U.S. Highway 87 and Garden City Highway.
According to witnesses at the scene, the three vehicle accident began when the driver of a white Chevrolet pickup attempted to make a right turn onto U.S. Highway 87 from the Garden City Highway, located several miles south of Big Spring.
The driver of the southbound 18-wheel tractor trailer told officials with the Department of Public Safety the pickup pulled out in front of him, causing him to swerve to miss the vehicle, which ultimately caused the pickup to slide under the larger truck’s trailer.
A third vehicle — a silver sedan — was also involved in the accident, with the driver suffering only minor injuries. She was transported to the emergency room at Scenic Mountain Medical Center.
The driver of the pickup remained trapped in the vehicle for several minutes following the accident, as fire fighters and emergency medical personnel were forced to use the Jaws of Life to extricate him from the wreckage, which was jammed beneath the 18-wheeler’s trailer on the east side of the highway.
After being removed from the truck, the man was airlifted to Scenic Mountain Medical Center. While his condition is unknown, emergency personnel on the scene said he was in serious but stable condition, and was conscious and speaking prior to be life-flighted.
Police say one person is dead after a single vehicle crash that happened on Maha Road around 7 a.m. Monday.
The accident happened on the 13200 block of Maha Road. The victim was reportedly ejected from the car and was dead on the scene.
We have a photographer on the way and will have information as it becomes available.
A late night accident in Huntsville’s Elkins Lake neighborhood resulted in the death of a Huntsville man Saturday.
At around 12:50 a.m. Saturday Huntsville police recieved a call reporting a single vehicle accident in the 200 block of Broadmoor Drive in the Elkins Lake neighborhood just outside of Huntsville.
Huntsville Police Department officers responded to the scene with assistance from the Huntsville-Walker County EMS.
According to Sgt. Ron Cleere of the HPD, the accident occured when the driver of the vehicle, a 2008 Dodge Charger, proceeded around a turn at an excessive speed.
The driver lost control of the vehicle, which then drove over two curbs and collided at high speed with a pine tree.
The driver of the vehicle, 43-year-old Mark Bolton of Huntsville, was pronounced dead at the scene. According to Cleere, he was not wearing a seatbelt.
Two passengers in the vehicle, a 35-year-old female in the front passenger seat and a 20-year-old male in the back seat, were airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston with incapacitating injuries.
“We don’t have any updates yet on the passengers,” Cleere said. “Their injuries were very severe, but we haven’t heard anything.”
Huntsville Police are still investigating possible causes for the accident.
Two people are recovering after an accident involving two vehicles in Odessa.
Officials have not released many details, but NewsWest 9 has learned that the accident involved a police officer.
The driver of the other vehicle ended up slamming against a nearby building.
Both the officer and the other driver were transported to the hospital, but we’re told those injuries are non-life threatening.
A 34-year-old man from Wewoka has died a day after a four-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 270 in Seminole County.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says Aleksandar Nedeljkovic (Na-DELL-co-vitch) died Wednesday from injuries he sustained in the accident.
Troopers say the accident happened about 10:25 a.m. on Tuesday about four miles west of Wewoka.
They say two vehicles were stopped awaiting for another vehicle to turn left and that Nedeljkovic’s car was slowing behind them when a fourth vehicle struck his car in the rear.
The force of that collision caused Nedeljkovic’s vehicle to hit the vehicle in front of his, which in turn hit the vehicle in front of it. He was pinned in the wreckage for about 10 minutes.
He was taken to a Seminole hospital, then transferred to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.
The drivers of 2 other vehicles were treated and released at a Seminole hospital.