Five men died on Thursday when their van slammed into a crude oil tanker truck and burst into flames on a highway in a Texas oil field. The victims are believed to be oil field workers and three additional people were also injured. The accident occurred at the Eagle Ford Shale fracking field south of San Antonio. Due to a lack of housing in the remote Texas brush country, many oilfield services firms have workers on duty for 12-hour stretches for three days a week, so they can return to their homes four days a week. These arrangements and the associated fatigue from the long hours have led to an increase in vehicular accidents in Texas fracking country.
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