At approximately 6:30 a.m. this morning Porter Fire Department responded to a major accident at Ford Road and US 59 northbound feeder. When they arrived they found a Chevrolet pickup parked up against an 18-wheeler dump truck. There were four occupants in the pickup owned by Angel Brothers Construction.
The driver of the pickup was trapped for almost forty-five minutes before being freed and flown to Hermann Hospital in Houston in critical condition. He was identified as Solomon Flores, age 38 of Houston.
The passenger in the driver’s side seat was identified as Daniel Flores, age 23, of South Houston. He was also flown by Life Flight to Hermann Hospital in Houston in critical condition.
The other two passengers Felipe Mexia, age 32 of Houston and Sebastian Hernandez 49, of South Houston, were transported to Kingwood Hospital in stable condition.
The driver of the 18-wheeler Jose Leon age 72 was transported to Kingwood Hospital in stable condition and later released.
Porter firefighters worked almost 45 minutes to free the driver of the pickup. With it up against the 18-wheeler working space was limited. LaBuff Towing was then used to pull the vehicle away from the truck to give firefighters more working room.
DPS is on the scene along with DPS Commercial Vehicle Inspector Al Eason.
According to Trooper Jimmy Sutton of DPS New Caney Office, the dump truck was traveling in the center lane and the pickup in the right lane. The dump truck turned right onto Ford Road causing the pickup to run into his front wheel and fuel tank crushing the side of the pickup and knocking down a stop sign.
In addition, a large fuel spill was caused by the dump trucks tank ripping ope. Eagle Environmental was dispatched by TXDOT to clean the area. The feeder remained closed along with Ford Road until almost noon.