Accidents involving trucks on the roadways are often catastrophic due to the large nature of the vehicle and the heavy loads the carry. It is because of the higher potential for disaster that truck drivers need to exercise extra care and attention when driving.
Texas law enforcement officials are trying to determine whether a midday tractor-trailer accident on the Dallas North Tollway was the result of a trucker driving too fast or some other condition. A member of Dallas Fire-Rescue, who responded to the three-vehicle crash, suggested the truck driver may have been speeding when he lost control on a curve and caused the 18-wheeler to overturn.
The truck fell sideways as it rounded a northbound curve on the toll way near Interstate 635. The trailer crashed down on top of a silver Chevy Cruze sedan around 10:15 a.m., trapping a rental car driver inside. The impact of the truck accident also shoved a concrete barrier into southbound traffic.
The concrete barrier pushed into toll road traffic and struck an oncoming sport utility vehicle, a Volkswagen Toureg. Neither of the two people inside the dark-colored SUV was hurt, according to witnesses at the crash scene.
Assistance for the Chevy Cruze driver came from passersby, who stopped and worked to remove the driver's car door. Emergency personnel transported the 49-year-old male driver to Parkland Hospital, where the accident victim was treated for injuries to his back and neck. The victim's medical condition was not reported. The driver of the overturned tractor-trailer apparently suffered no injuries. The trucker identified himself only by a first name to interviewers at the accident scene.
Police did not elaborate on the driver's identity or a trucking company affiliation.
Hazmat crews were called to the interstate crash to clear a leakage of diesel fuel. All northbound and some southbound lanes on busy Interstate 635 remained shut down several hours after the accident.
Road crews worked through the afternoon to remove the wreckage and make plans to repair the damaged concrete barrier and a utility pole.
Dallas North Tollway accident investigators did not announce whether any crash-related charges would be filed.
Source: myfoxdfw.com, "18-wheeler Flips onto Car, Hits Barrier," Alice Wolke, Feb. 23, 2012