18-Wheeler Crashes, Injuring Three
Three people were taken to the hospital on Sunday after the 18-wheeler they were in crashed, causing a vehicle fire that had to be put out and cleaned up, according to this report from NBC DFW.
The truck was heading along the Dallas North Tollway when the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a wall. This incident happened late Sunday morning, at about 11:55 A.M.
This crash happened at the intersection with Interstate 635. The truck struck a crash attenuator, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Immediately after the crash, the driver and two passengers were able to escape the cab, which was good because the truck caught fire soon after. Only a few minutes later, the cab was engulfed with flames. Anyone inside would have been killed by the fire.
As police and emergency response personnel arrived and started working to control the situation, the three people were taken to the hospital. Dallas Fire-Rescue officials report that this was more as a precaution, though, since none of the three people had what seemed to be life-threatening injuries as a result of the crash.
Because the fuel tanks of the truck were full at the time of the crash, a hazardous materials team had to come out to remove the diesel before the rest of the wreckage could be removed. As a result, that section of the Tollway had to be closed for several hours.