By: Sean Chalaki
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Truck Accident Explosion Causes Death & Roadway Damage
As a Dallas personal injury lawyer, I was distraught by the news of another unnecessary DWI related death following an explosive truck crash which occurred in the early hours of Monday morning.
At approximately 2:30 am Monday, a pickup truck was driving the wrong way along I-30 westbound and collided with a gasoline tanker truck just west of Beach Street in Fort Worth. Emergency officials report that the big rig came to a stop over Sycamore Creek, where it burst into flames. By the time fire crews arrived on the scene the fuel-carrying 18-wheeler was engulfed in flames. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the trucker died in the wreck, while the driver of the pickup was transported to hospital to be treated for injuries. The accident caused significant delays for motorists heading into downtown this morning as a large portion of the interstate was shut down, forcing commuters to find alternative routes. TX DOT is anticipating two lanes of Interstate 30 to be closed for up to a month as repairs are made to the bridge.
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has opened an investigation into where the 23-year-old pickup driver was drinking before he was involved in a fiery crash.
Fuel that spilled from the tanker ignited, melting steel beams and concrete in the I-30 bridge over Sycamore Creek. Repairs to the roadway and the bridge could take four to five months. The freeway will be reduced from four westbound lanes to two between Beach Street and Riverside Drive during repairs.
This tragedy demonstrates just how dangerous it can be to get behind the wheel after hitting the bars. One person is already lost their life and a massive hazard and inconvenience has been created to the public at large.
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