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DALLAS, TX – A semi trailer truck crashed and overturned Tuesday morning, September 28, spilling hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel on a highway in Dallas, Texas. The truck accident shut down the LBJ Freeway for several hours and sent the truck driver to the hospital.

The crash damaged at least one of the tractor trailer’s gas tanks spilling fuel onto the highway.

On Tuesday morning an unidentified truck driver was traveling through the city of Dallas, TX driving a semi trailer truck east on the LBJ Freeway, also known as Interstate 635. It is not known what the driver was carrying or his destination.

The truck accident happened just after 8:00 a.m. Tuesday morning as the tractor trailer moved through the area near Skillman Street. The truck driver suddenly lost control of the 18 wheeler and it began to fishtail before crossing over the road, hitting an eastbound BMW and crashing into the concrete barrier wall. The force of the impact pushed the concrete median wall into the westbound lanes and debris scattered across traffic lanes, hitting at least one SUV traveling west on the freeway. The crash also damaged at least one of the tractor trailer’s gas tanks and diesel fuel spilled out onto the roadway.


Authorities report that a total of four vehicles were involved in the truck accident.

Dallas Police officers and Emergency Rescue teams rushed to the site of the multi vehicle crash. The truck driver was treated and stabilized at the scene before being transported to nearby Parkland Memorial Hospital with non life threatening injuries. No one else was injured in the truck accident.

Dallas Police officers shut down both directions of the LBJ Freeway/I-635 after the truck accident, diverting traffic to one westbound lane. Crews had to clear debris from the collision that was strewn in both the east and westbound lanes while another team worked to clean and contain the hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel which poured out of the semi’s gas tanks. The spilled fuel made the interstate dangerously slick and workers spent hours cleaning up the gas off the traffic lanes.


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All westbound lanes of I-635 were reopened at around noon, about four hours after the truck accident, but the eastbound lanes were expected to remain closed into the afternoon. Officials hoped to have the lanes opened before the Tuesday afternoon commuter rush.

Dallas police spent time reconstructing the truck accident and talking to witnesses at the site. They have not made a statement on who they believe caused the incident however according to police some witnesses reported that the semi trailer truck was attempting to pass another smaller vehicle pulling a trailer when it went out of control.

No charges have been brought at this time and the truck accident remains under investigation.

For more information about Texas trucking laws, truck injury causes and victims rights, contact a nationwide truck accident attorney at Gordon, Elias & Seely, LLP for expert advice. For a free initial consultation, talk to a Dallas TX truck accident lawyer at 800.773.6770.

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