Truck Driver Killed by Electrocution

Oct 06, 2016

Truck Driver Killed by Electrocution.


At approximately 10:30am this morning, 25 year old truck driver Thomas Mendoza Jr. of Baytown, Texas was electrocuted when the bed of his dump truck struck high line wires just off CR 2107 near Hwy. 105 in the Moss Hill area of Liberty County.

According to Liberty County Deputy Zack Harkness, it appears that Mendoza and his father, who runs a family trucking business, were at a small dump site when Mendoza raised the bed portion of his truck striking high powered  electrical lines that were directly over his truck. At some point, Mendoza touched the vehicle and grounded himself resulting in his electrocution and setting the rear portion of the truck on fire which completely destroyed the back of the truck.


Deputy Harkness said witnesses saw Mendoza’s father dragging him away from the burning truck and C.P.R was immediately started but to no avail. The victim was transported to the Liberty/Dayton Memorial Hospital in the City of Liberty where Mendoza expired. Pct. 1, Justice of the Peace Judge Stephen Hebert conducted the inquest and ordered an autopsy. (End)

Capt. Ken DeFoor

Public Information Officer

Liberty County Sheriff’s Office








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