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Amber Alert

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Driver of 18-wheeler won't be charged in fatal accident

The driver of an 18-wheeler whose tires came off and hit a car, killing the driver, will not be charged in the wreck, police said. The wreck happened Thursday at 9:30 p.m. near the Interstate 35 bridge over Loop 340 in Bellmead.

Two tires came off the southbound 18-wheeler, crossed a concrete barrier and struck a Honda Accord, killing Luke Hausmann, 23, of Atchison, Kan.

Hausmann’s three siblings, Anna, 20; Julia, 16; and Ethan, 20, also were injured in the crash. All three have since been released from Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, a nursing supervisor said.

The New Orleans-based truck driver wasn’t charged in the case, and the cause of the tires falling off was deemed a mechanical failure, said Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Cliff Federwisch.Source