Doris Walters identified as victim of tanker truck crash on Highway 59

Additional information has come to light in reference to the multi-vehicle accident and vehicle fire on US Highway 59 near Grand Parkway in Sugar Land that happened yesterday at approximately 5:30pm. One woman was killed in the collision and an 18-wheeler tanker truck was one of the vehicles involved. Recent media reports indicate that a total of seven vehicles (including the big rig) were caught up in the initial accident, and then a second accident occurred as drivers attempted to avoid colliding with the first wreck. The tragedy unfolded during Houston’s notoriously busy rush hour when commuter traffic is at its peak.

According to Sugar Land police, the driver of the 18-wheeler was unable to control the speed of his tanker truck and smashed into the rear of a Lincoln driven by 66-year old Doris Walters of Pasadena, Texas. Ms. Walters’ Lincoln then caught fire and the fire spread to the big rig and also a pickup truck. Ms. Walters was killed in the accident and another motorist sustained injuries and was transported to the hospital. So far no citations have been issued for the accident and the police investigation is ongoing.

Channel 13 Eyewitness News’ report can be read here.
Channel 2 News’ story is here and includes video.
The Houston Chronicle’s story is here.
KHOU’s story is available here, and includes video and pictures.