Following a serious collision involving many tractor-trailers Tuesday morning near Lake Ray Hubbard, one person is confirmed deceased and another is in the hospital. According to Garland Police, at 4:50 in the morning, an 18-wheeler traveling westbound on I-30 exploded after colliding with another 18-wheeler that was stopped on the shoulder close to Zion Road.
The truck that caught fire contained two people, who were both taken to nearby hospitals. One of the two perished, and the other is expected to make a full recovery. It’s unclear at this time if anyone was inside the parked truck when the collision happened. There have been no further recorded injuries. The identities of those hurt in the collision have not yet been disclosed.
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Nearly four hours after the collision was recorded, the truck that caught fire was still smoking and hauling a load of plastic pallets. Fuel spilled during the incident is being cleaned up with the help of hazmat crews. I-30’s westbound lanes close to Zion Road were all shut down until the debris was cleared.
Around 4:00 p.m., the highway reopened. According to Samantha Davies of NBC 5, drivers backed up on the bridge over Lake Ray Hubbard were unable to move. Before crossing the lake, commuters heading west were urged to take Highway 66 as a detour. I-30 westbound traffic was undisturbed, as were the southbound lanes of the President George Bush Turnpike.
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