What do a trash truck, a tractor-trailer truck and a dump truck have in common? Aside from being commercial vehicles typically operated by hired drivers and owned by separate companies, they are also immense and powerful vehicles with a propensity for malfunction if not maintained. And, in the case of a tragic accident in Arlington, Texas recently, all three happened to be traveling through the same intersection within moments of each other and a domino effect of collision resulted, beginning with the trash truck and ending with the dump truck.
Authorities report the trash truck driver navigated a right turn at a high rate of speed. Whether or not the speed was because he was trying to make the turn before an oncoming tractor-trailer isn't stated but he did allegedly clip the side of an oncoming tractor-trailer, which threw the trash truck onto its side, just in time for an oncoming dump truck to slam into it.