In Texas, the drilling and fracking boom has boosted fatal accidents for oil and gas workers, and those with whom they share the roads. Since the oil drilling and fracturing boom began in 2008, Texas has led the nation in motor vehicle deaths, surpassing California, federal records show. An article in the Midland-Reporter Telegram says that “triple tragedies—accidents that killed three or more people—have become common. The death toll from those kind of catastrophic crashes increased statewide from 72 in 2010 to 101 in 2012 and 148 last year, crash data compiled by the Houston Chronicle shows.”
Read full coverage from the Midland Reporter-Telegram here.