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The Death highway

The Permian Basin and Truck Accidents

What Is 'The Death Highway'?

  • Nickname result of the road’s catastrophic fatal crash rate
  • Road construction poorly funded and not enough police officers
  • Route 285 running through West Texas to Carlsbad, New Mexico
  • Phenomenon caused by inexperienced and speeding drivers of large oil trucks
  • Large oil trucks damage roads and worsen potholes, requiring upkeep

Permian Basin Statistics

Permian Basin Statistics

Deaths are tied to oil price. Fatality rates dropped in 2015 along with oil prices.

Permian Basin Statistics

Over 5,000 accidents have been reported in 2018 as oil demand rose.

Permian Basin Statistics

In 2017, there were 93 deaths on or near the Texas-side of the Death Highway

Permian Basin Statistics

Texas Department of Transportation estimates $1.1 billion in damages and needed repairs for highway.

Permian Basin Statistics

Thousands of drivers drive on the road every day.

sources
  • https://www.dallasnews.com/business/energy/2018/07/30/death-highway-texas-permian-basin-sees-accidents-fatalities-pick-oil-price-rises
  • http://energentgroup.com/permian-traffic-accidents-17-2018/#_ftn1
  • https://www.texastribune.org/2018/10/11/west-texas-becomes-worlds-extraction-colony-oil-gas-exports-surge/
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