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HALTOM CITY, TX — A semi truck carrying produce and traveling westbound on Northeast Loop 820, veered off the highway and into a creek bed Tuesday morning, April 17, causing the driver of the truck to suffer minor injuries, according to officials.

A semi truck lies on its side after plunging over a bridge and then down an embankment on the westbound I-820 in Haltom City, TX on April 17, 2012. Photo credit: Ron Jenkins/Star-Telegram

Both the Haltom City and North Richland Hills police arrived at the scene.

Map showing location of a semi truck accident on I-820 in Haltom City, TX where a westbound tractor trailer veered off a bridge over a creek just before the Denton Highway.

The accident occurred at about 11 a.m. in the 5600 block of Northeast Loop 820 where authorities, due to heavy traffic, called for a helicopter ambulance to take the injured driver to a nearby hospital shutting down the highway.

Star-Telgram reports:

A Haltom City firefighter also was injured when he hit his head trying to extricate the driver, said Cpl. Steve Reiss of the Haltom City Police Department.

The firefighter was taken to a local hospital.

Police had not released any information on what caused the crash. The truck spilled a small amount of fuel, Reiss said.

By 2 p.m., one lane of traffic was moving in each direction. Police did not know when the highway would be fully open.

Haltom City is located in Tarrant County, Texas and is about 3 mile southwest of Richland Hills and about 8 miles northeast of Fort Worth, Texas.

The incident remains under investigation at this time.

Gordon, Elias & Seely, LLP state that there are a variety of factors that can cause a commercial truck accident. For more information about Texas trucking laws and victims rights, contact a Fort Worth truck accident lawyer.

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