Loose Food Trailer Crash Kills 1, Injures 1

At about 2:00 pm on Friday, November 16th, a Cajun food trailer bearing the words “World Famous Fish Tales” and “Crawfish Cooking Team” came loose from the vehicle towing it and an on-coming vehicle smashed into it on the two-lane Crystal Creek Bridge on State Highway 242 near Woodloch, Texas, in Montgomery County. According to DPS troopers on the scene, one of the occupants of the vehicle which hit the trailer was killed and another was injured and taken by ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital in The Woodlands with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to witnesses, the trailer and its towing vehicle were westbound on SH 242, when the trailer came loose, spun around and was hit by a following vehicle head-on. A third vehicle was also involved in the collision, but it’s presently unclear how and there are no reports of additional injuries. Initial reports indicated that the deceased victim was a pregnant woman but that has not yet been confirmed. There were no other people in the food trailer at the time of the collision and the driver of the vehicle towing it was not hurt. He remained at the scene after the collision and was reported to be cooperative. Investigation of this tragedy continues and will carefully consider why the trailer came loose.

Typically, a trailed vehicle is secured to its towing vehicle by means of a ball hitch, which is secured with a closing latch. In addition, there are chains secured between to two vehicles to prevent exactly what happened here because, should the ball hitch fail, the chains might allow the trailer to wobble or drift, but they should keep the two vehicles attached to each other until the driver of the towing vehicle can stop. Clearly, one or more of the towing components used in this case mechanically failed or was not attached properly. If you or a loved one is ever injured in an incident like this one, please consider calling us. We have dealt with such tragedies for decades and we are experts at learning what happened and why and holding those at fault accountable.