There were two serious accidents involving pick up trucks on Highway 290 in the past two days, one resulting in a fatality and the other a potentially serious environmental incident.
First, a tanker overturned at around 9:15 pm Tuesday night on Highway 290, after colliding with a pickup truck near Mueschke. According to Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department officials, the tanker was carrying Aluminum Sulfide, which spilled on the highway when the tank ruptured following the collision.
Although the collision itself did not produce any injuries, two Harris County Precinct 4 deputies were transported to the hospital after they reported feeling dizzy. Aluminum Sulfide is a corrosive chemical that is dangerous to inhale. Further, people located within a half-mile from the crash were urged to remain indoors.
The driver of the pickup, Michael Morrow, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI).
In a second incident on Highway 290, a pickup truck driver died early Thursday morning after hitting the back of an 18-wheeler along Highway 290, authorities said.
The pickup driver was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver of the big rig was sleeping while waiting for employees to arrive, and he apparently was not injured in the accident. We will update this story as more information becomes available.