There has been trouble on Texas highways over the last 24 hours with regard to trucking accidents. Interstate 30 was closed most of the early morning hours due to a fiery crash that occurred west of Dallas just before 2:00 am today.
A gasoline tanker truck appears to have crashed into a car after striking the median on eastbound I-30. Drivers and passengers in the vehicles sustained serious injuries, though none appear to be life threatening. A team of Hazardous materials experts were deployed on scene because some gas from the rig managed to spill into a creek running near the highway. Fire-Rescue workers were also called to the scene due to some flames resulting from the truck accident. It is currently unknown as to why the truck hit the median, though the situation is now under investigation by the Texas Department of Transportation as well as by local law enforcement.
Another accident involving a pickup truck and a hog occurred a little closer to home last night. Up in Splendora, local law enforcement reports that a driver hit a pig with his pickup truck at roughly 7:30 pm last night. The truck drove off the road as a result of the crash and hit a tree. Engulfed in flames, the driver managed to escape his vehicle but his 1-year-old daughter was still fastened to her car seat inside the burning truck.
A witness to the accident sprung into action, climbing into the burning vehicle, cutting the child out of the car seat and carrying her to safety. The baby girl suffered no injuries as a result of the crash or ensuing fire. The father driving the car received a broken leg. The man claims to have plans to mount the hog's head that caused the accident.
- Houston Chronicle "I-30 just west of Dallas reopens after fiery wreck" 1/7/11
- ABC KSAT12 "Baby Pulled From Burning Pickup Truck" 1/7/10