WALKER COUNTY – One man was killed when two big rigs collided on I-45 in New Waverly around 1:20 a.m. Friday. North Montgomery County Fire Department was dispatched to assist New Waverly Fire Department with a major accident and entrapment, northbound at FM 1374.
When units arrived they found an 18-wheeler flatbed truck loaded with pipe that was struck from the rear by another tractor pulling a Grocers Supply trailer. The impact was so great that the driver of the truck pulling the Grocers Supply trailer was trapped in the wreckage.
A short time later, as crews worked to free him, it was determined 37-year-old Edwin Armando Flores, of Katy was deceased. Flores was pronounced dead on the scene by Walker County Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace James Mature, who then ordered the body transported to Montgomery County Forensic Center in Conroe for autopsy.
Both trucks were northbound on the main lanes of I-45 when, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety Investigation, Flores failed to control his speed causing his truck to strike the other truck, driven by Daniel Porter Omeara of Houston, who was uninjured. The pipes actually stripped the motor and body from the frame of the Flores’ truck. The frame protruded almost 10 feet into the load of pipe. The posted speed on that stretch of I-45 is 75 miles per hour.
All lanes of northbound I-45 were closed until just after 4 a.m. when the left lane reopened as crews worked to clear the right lanes of debris and oil. TxDOT had to repair the guardrail where, at one point, a diesel tank was wedged under it.