Camacho, et al. v. Penn Octane International, L.L.C., et al.
On August 11, 2005, a tanker truck loaded with liquid propane was hit by a freight train in the town of Lucio Blanco in Mexico. The accident killed six people and injured over forty residents of the town. Ten people were hospitalized with burns over more than 70% of their bodies. More than a dozen homes and businesses burned down, and at least seventeen cars were destroyed. A Matamoros policeman stated that the truck was trying to “beat” the train to the crossing. Emergency personnel from nearby towns in Texas sent rescue and emergency personnel along with eight water tankers to help fight the fire. The two men driving the train were seriously injured, and the driver of the propane truck was injured but survived. He was seen running from the truck to avoid the imminent explosions.
Slack Davis Sanger represented sixty-eight plaintiffs regarding their injuries in this matter. Investigation showed that the company who owned and operated the tanker truck had loaded the propane without also injecting ethyl mercaptan, an odorant that would have allowed the town residents to be aware of the chemical spill before it caught on fire. Mike Davis represented these plaintiffs who were unwittingly injured through the negligence of the companies who owned the tanker along with its driver.