Road Debris and Wrecks

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A new traffic study suggests the type of road debris that contributed to a fatal bus crash that killed two soccer players has been a limited problem on Texas roads.

The study by the American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety shows shredded tires, lost cargo and other road debris accounted for about one in 500 traffic deaths in a study covering 31 states from 1999 through 2001.

In Texas, road debris played a role in 33 Texas traffic deaths in that time, accounting for 1 in 300 fatalities.

Two members of the Beaumont West Brook High School's girls soccer team were killed last week while traveling with their team to a playoff game in Humble.

The Department of Public Safety says the bus was heading west on US Highway 90 when an eastbound truck pulling a flat bed trailer loaded with plastic foam insulation lost its load.

The bus driver swerved to avoid the foam and the vehicle flipped onto its side as it skidded into a ditch.