Texas accidents in the news: Day of January 2, 2014

by Terry Bryant

Texas accidents in the news: Day of January 2, 2014

A 21-year-old man has been charged in the city’s first fatal crash of 2014.  According to authorities, around 1 a.m. the driver of a Chevy pickup truck ran a red light while speeding, at the intersection of Pierce and Milam and struck a couple in a Mercedes Benz.  The man in the Mercedes died while his wife was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The driver, who faces intoxication manslaughter charges, along with his passenger suffered injuries and were taken to a nearby hospital.   Police reports indicate that from midnight to 6 a.m. about a dozen major crashed were reported inside the city limits alone.

The Houston Fire Department was called out to a former two-story church building that caught fire at Dixie Drive at Allegheny Street around 5:40 a.m. Thursday morning. According to reports, the building was empty and had no electricity, however, homeless people may have tried to take shelter in the abandoned building. With winds topping 35 mph, it took firefighters more than an hour to tame the fiery blaze that consumed the building.

A mother was killed on New Year’s Eve in a hit-and-run incident on Woodforest Boulevard at Grassmont Street, just north of Interstate I-10.  According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office the mom was crossing Woodforest Boulevard with her 20-year-old son, when struck by a blue Dodge 1500 quad cab. After the incident hit the news media, the suspect turned himself in on Thursday.

An 43-year old woman died on New Year’s Day after she was fatally struck by a Dodge Caravan crossing Westheimer Road near South Voss around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. According to authorities, the pedestrian may not have used the crosswalk, which is why police do not plan on filing any charges against the driver.

Two contractors from Enterprise Products Partners, a La Porte pipeline company in Morgans Point, were injured on the job after a fire erupted at a barge loading facility Tuesday around 10:30 a.m.  According to La Porte Police, natural gas liquids, such as butane and propane were ignited in the fire, causing the plant to shut while firefighters battled the fiery blaze.  Initial reports indicate the explosion may have transpired in the meter-run facility, which is where liquid petroleum gas is measured before it is pumped into barges or ships.