Man killed in fiery accident witnesses say could have been prevented

Posted on Sunday, March 28th, 2021 at 9:15 pm    

MCNAIR, TX – Witnesses of a fatal, fiery crash in the McNair area yesterday morning are questioning if the death of a driver could have been prevented by a faster fire department response time.

According to KTRK, the accident occurred in the 2600 block of Broad Street at about 9 a.m., when 34-year-old Derrick Tyler was driving home from work.

An initial investigation stated that he appears to have drifted off at the wheel and swerved off the side of the roadway. His vehicle then landed face-down in a ditch.

Bystanders at the scene used a brick to break open Tyler’s window to try to rescue him. They were able to get enough room to being pouring gallons of water over him in an attempt to keep him alive.

The vehicle had exploded and burst into flames by the time the fire department arrived, which according to witnesses was about 45 minutes to an hour after the crash.

The report states that the fire department of McNair has not been in use for over a year, and that time may have been wasted by waiting on them to respond.

The fire department that eventually arrived, the Highlands Volunteer Fire Department, said they arrived 14 minutes after being called to the scene. They said they only work McNair if the McNair Volunteer FD does not immediately respond to a call.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the accident at this time.

This is part of a series of articles presented by to help keep our Houston neighbors informed about car accidents and traffic incidents across our city. It is not presented as legal advice. However, if you or someone you love has been injured in a similar incident, we may be able to help you secure financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. Contact us today to speak with one of our Houston car accident attorneys.


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