On Monday morning (Oct. 5, 2015) five people were killed in Dallas after
colliding with an 18-wheeler near Interstate 20 and Interstate 35E. The
victims included a pregnant woman and two children.
The trucking company that was involved in the crash had multiple safety
NBC 5 reported.
The accident occurred on a ramp 60 feet above the ground. The 18-wheeler
was carrying lumber when it collided with a vehicle on the ramp. The impact
ruptured the gas tank and both vehicles caught on fire, including the lumber.
When responders were able to get closer to the 18-wheeler, that’s
when police found another vehicle wedged underneath. Not only was the
second vehicle engulfed in flames, but the passengers inside did not survive.
Dallas County Sheriff’s Spokesman Raul Reyna said that two adults,
two children and one unborn child were found dead. The driver of the 18-wheeler,
operated by Southeastern AG Transport Inc., of Mississippi, was not injured.
The investigators know that the 18-wheeler and the second vehicle somehow
became entangled, but they don’t know why. The entanglement ruptured
the 18-wheeler’s gas tank, causing it to burst into flames.
The westbound ramp from I-20 to I-35E was closed while firefighters battled
the fire. The ramp was reopened around 3:30 p.m. after engineers from
Texas Department of Transportation inspected the bridge and found it safe
Ryan LaFontaine, the spokesman for TxDOT said that the inspection was complete
and the bridge did not sustain any structural damage.
Before the crash, the 18-wheeler was transporting a load of lumber; the
impact caused much of the lumber to fall off the trailer onto the ground
60’ below the overpass.
NBC 5, records show that the trucking company involved in the fiery crash had
numerous violations in 2015.
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