Today is when Mexican trucks under a “Pilot Program” will be allowed to travel beyond the 20 mile limit of the border. Refer to the Land Line Magazine for details. It remains to be seen whether Mexican trucks will adhere to our safety standards. Will the Mexican trucking companies carry adequate insurance? What will the US safety inspectors be checking when these trucks cross the border?
This past July 20th, my cousin was killed in Sweetwater, Texas. A 18-wheeler, driven by an illegal alien ran a stop sign and hit my cousin’s truck. Darren Stevens was 42, left behind two teenage sons and a wife. He was the owner/operator of the Sweetwater Livestock Auction. I have never seen a more largely attended funeral.
As law enforcement and medics were trying to get Darren out, as he was not instantly killed, the truck driver disappeared. His truck trailer had overturned and was not operable. This accident happened near a truck stop and I am assuming he probably caught a ride. He has not been found yet. His wife is in El Paso, but he has not shown up there. I am sure he is in Mexico. I understand that the truck came from Laredo. I do not know the name of the company or if it was a Mexican truck. I will learn more of the details later; as the family is still in shock and grieving and not discussing this right now.
Trucks are dangerous enough without having someone who may not be familar with our traffic laws or highway intersections.
I don’t know if this story can be used for any purpose. I just wanted you to know my family has been greatly affected by this totally avoidable accident.
The Border Trade Alliance contains some interesting reading regarding Mexican/US trade issues and “Truckers Fatigue”. Also is an article regarding a proposed inland port in Dallas Ft. Worth. Scroll down about midway to find these articles.