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Car accident outside of Houston kills family from Ohio

A horrific car accident occurred on Texas 105 last weekend outside of Houston, near Conroe, when pickup truck struck a car carrying a family of four from Cleveland. The force of the crash killed all of the people in the car, while the driver of the pickup was transported to the hospital by emergency personal in critical condition. The violence of the collision was underscored by the fact the engine was ripped from the truck and was left laying in the highway.

The crash occurred at 5:45 am on a rainy highway, although the preliminary statements made by the police indicated they had not determined the cause of the car accident, they had ruled out alcohol as a possible cause of the crash. The weather may have played a role in the accident, given the rain-slicked roads and the pre-dawn conditions, but other factors may have contributed.

While alcohol is always a potential cause in these types of car accidents, there is an endless variety of possible causes. Given the early hour, one or both of the drivers could have nodded off momentarily, drifting into the other lane only to come to, seconds too late.

Other sources of distraction could have been cell phone use or texting, checking a GPS, changing a radio station or music on a smart phone or iPod. The driver could have been distracted by his rear seat passengers, taking his eyes off the road in front of him; they could have been eating breakfast, or the driver may have tried to place a coffee cup in a cup holder and been distracted from a curve in the road.

We are always saddened when we such an enormous price extracted in such an accident.

Source: Houston Chronicle, "Crash kills family of 4 near Conroe," Jayme Fraser, March 23, 2013

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