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Boom In Oil Means a Boom in Traffic Deaths

The revolution in oil and natural gas production has been a windfall for trucking companies and commercial drivers across the state. But it’s also led to a surge in fatal accidents on Texas highways. All this week, Houston Public Media News 88.7’s Andrew Schneider and the Houston Chronicle’s Lise Olsen have collaborated in a series […]

The revolution in oil and natural gas production has been a windfall for trucking companies and commercial drivers across the state. But it's also led to a surge in fatal accidents on Texas highways.

All this week, Houston Public Media News 88.7’s Andrew Schneider and the Houston Chronicle’s Lise Olsen have collaborated in a series of reports called “Boom in Oil and Traffic Deaths,” which has examined the risks to drivers, in and out of the oil industry.

We talk with Schneider and Olsen about this phenomenon.

MORE: Full Series from Houston Public Media and The Houston Chronicle

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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