5 Dead After Fiery Crash With 18-Wheeler

5 Dead After Fiery Crash With 18-Wheeler

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 violations, 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 for travel.

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.

According to NBC 5, records show that the trucking company involved in the fiery crash had numerous violations in 2015.

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