April 18, 2000 |
A van carrying suspected illegal immigrants plummeted down a 50-foot cliff in the U.S.-Mexico border town of Eagle Pass, Texas, killing two people and seriously injuring more than a dozen. The van was in reverse, with people still trying to get in, when a Border Patrol vehicle approached, said patrol spokesman Carlton Jones. After agents told the driver to stop, he jumped into the front passenger seat while the van was still in reverse. The van kept rolling backward until it went off the cliff.
August 2, 1994 |
The truck-van accident that killed 14 Californians in Texas during the July 4 holiday weekend resulted from the truck driver's fatigue, the Texas Department of Public Safety said Monday. Lawyers for the truck driver disputed the conclusion, with one saying the state was under pressure to find a "fall guy" in the accident. A dozen children and two adults, all Los Angeles residents, were killed after an 18-wheeler struck the van in which they were riding near Weatherford, 30 miles west of Ft.
June 2, 1990
Forward Sam Perkins of the Dallas Mavericks was injured in a car accident in the Dallas suburb of Addison when his car collided with another car at an intersection as Perkins was attempting to turn left, police said. In a statement released by the team, Perkins said he "was fine" despite suffering a sprained left hand.
December 24, 1988 |
A short but dense bank of fog was blamed for a pileup of at least 28 vehicles that killed one holiday traveler and injured 20 other people Friday morning, officials said. The accident occurred at 8:30 a.m. on Interstate 40, about four miles west of Cookeville, said Highway Patrol Lt. Mason Black. Black said it was unlikely that charges would be filed because the fog made the accident almost unavoidable.
September 22, 1988 |
A military bus ran off a fog-shrouded road in central Texas and slammed into a tree Wednesday, injuring 30 National Guard and Army Reserve troops, authorities said. The driver told police his headlights malfunctioned in the fog, disrupting his vision.
December 15, 1989 |
A woman whose family burned to death in a 1982 car fire won a $43.2-million judgment in a state court in Houston against Toyota, the largest award ever entered against the company. Nike Adegbite, 36, had watched while her husband and two daughters died in the burning car. Two other people also died in the fire when the woman's 1973 Toyota Corona station wagon caught fire after being rear-ended on a Houston highway.
August 28, 1987 |
A cattle truck overturned Thursday at an Interstate 40 interchange, killing one person inside the truck and spilling steers into rush-hour traffic, officials said. Police scurried to lasso the cattle, which blocked all lanes of the interchange.