Houston Truck Accident Claims Life of Wife and Mother of Two

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A few days ago, Haydee Valdez Mendez, age 30, died when a large vessel being transported by an Ace Transportation flatbed truck came off the flatbed and fell on top of Ms. Mendez's SUV. 

The Houston Chronicle reports that Mrs. Mendez was married with two young kids.  She was studying at the University of Houston-Clear Lake to be a teacher.

According the reports in the Houston Chronicle, the driver failed to heed posted warning signs regarding bridge clearance and failed to follow the designated route allowed by his permit. 

The driver told police investigators that he thought his load was 14 feet 6 inches.

The vessel was being transported from Capco Fabrications to Henderson.

You can read the entire story by clicking here.

Now that the investigation has begun, one would hope that the company, Ace Transportation, would do a full-blown investigation into its own hiring, training, loading, and driving policies, as well as inform all of its truckers of the importance of following all safety policies and procedures.  We hope the company will not simply rely on the police investigation.  And we hope the company will preserve all the evidence.

Some questions the company should be forced to answer:

1.  Why was the driver under the impression the load was shorter than it actually was?;

2.  Why was the driver traveling this particular route?

3.  Who trained the driver?

4.  What do Ace Transportation's safety policies and procedures say about this particular operation?

5.  Who loaded the trailer?

6.  Why wasn't the load better secured?'

These are just a few of the questions that Ace Transportation should have to answer about this tragic and apparently preventable Houston truck accident.
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