DALLAS, Tx. — According to Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman, Jason Evans, the driver of a semi truck was killed after his 18 wheeler slammed into one of the pillars on the Dolphin Road bridge overpass I-30, apparently at full speed, just east of Fair Park in East Dallas. No other vehicles were involved.
The accident occurred on Sunday, June 10, at 4:12 p.m. shutting down the westbound lanes of Interstate 30 at Dolphin Road in East Dallas from late Sunday afternoon into the morning commute Monday until crews could clear the scene of the fatal accident.
The safety of the Dolphin Road bridge over I-30 now became a big concern. Late Sunday night, TxDOT spokesman Mark Pettit said the crash fractured the easternmost column of the overpass. “That has caused the structure to become unstable,” he said. “The semi is basically holding the structure up until we can get emergency crews in there to shore it up.”
While several lanes were expected to be cleared for traffic by about 4:30 a.m., crews at the scene were behind schedule, and it wasn’t until just before 7 a.m. that the westbound HOV lane re-opened. Texas Department of Transportation planned to phase the opening of all four lanes, with the lane closest to the median opening first and then the two alongside that lane. The far right lane was expected to remain closed for some time.
TxDOT engineers were summoned to inspect the bridge structure for damage caused by the impact. The wreckage was left in place until that analysis was complete.
The Dolphin Road overpass was also closed to traffic in both directions pending repairs.
A hazardous materials team was called to clean up spilled fuel.
Gordon, Elias & Seely is a Dallas truck accident lawyer who has represented clients throughout the nation injured in commercial truck accidents, and has over forty years of combined experience doing so. Various factors can result in a truck accident, from driver fatigue to impairment due to drugs and alcohol. Add to that a driver that feels rushed to achieve a timely delivery committing unsafe lane changes or ignoring traffic lights such as trying to beat the yellow light and running red lights. You have a recipe for disaster.