Yesterday off of Highway 80 in Midland County, James Landis was loading
a flatbed trailer on behalf of his employer, Hughes Oilfield Transportation.
He was in the process of loading oilfield equipment when he was struck
by falling machinery. Tragically, the impact claimed the life of the 73-year-old
driver. Mr. Landis spent his whole life working as a truck driver, and
at one point served in our military. He was pronounced dead at the scene
around 1:30 PM on Thursday, January 7th.
Landis’ body was transported to Tarrant County for an autopsy. There,
it will hopefully be determined in more detail what led to James Landis’
death and whether it could have been avoided. Hughes has yet to release
a statement, but his family recently spoke to reporters revealing that
James Landis had recently come out of retirement to return to his lifelong
Driving a Truck at 73 Years Old
Mr. Landis’ age may eventually become a matter of investigation.
At eight years past the senior citizen mark, his health and vision quality
would have to be strictly monitored—especially when truckers are
expected to drive between 10 to 14 hours a day. If Hughes hired him with
any knowledge that he would be at risk to himself, they may be liable
for his death.
At this early point in the situation, this is all speculation. All we know
is that James Landis, a veteran and lifelong Odessa native, has been tragically
killed while doing his job. The firm of Arnold & Itkin send their
thoughts and prayers to Mr. Landis’ grieving family. We hope they
receive closure and answers in the coming weeks. We at the firm will be
following this story as it unfolds.