Car-truck collision shuts down I-30 traffic Wednesday
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

July 6, 2006 -- A two-mile stretch of Interstate 30 east of Sulphur Springs was narrowed to one lane in either direction for more than an hour following a collision between an 18-wheeler and a small car Wednesday afternoon.

According to state troopers, a 26-year-old Garland woman and a 33-year-old Garland man were traveling east on Interstate 30 around 1:45 p.m. Wednesday. They had just passed the FM 69 overpass when the Honda car the woman was driving had a blow out. As she began to take evasive action, switching lanes to get the car off the roadway onto the shoulder, the front of a truck-tractor struck the right rear of the car.

The right rear end of the car was crushed into the back seat, and the car was sent backward into the ditch between the south service road and the eastbound lane of I-30.

The 18-wheeler left the passing lane of I-30 and crossed the center median. The cab of the truck, occupied by an older couple out of Stuttgart, Ark., rested across both westbound lanes of Interstate 30, while the box trailer stretched across the center median.

Both occupants of the Honda were able to get out of the car on their own. Both were taken by ambulance to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital to be checked over. Neither appeared to have sustained serious injuries.

Neither the man or woman in the big rig appeared to be injured. Medics checked them at the scene but they declined to go to the hospital for further attention.

Traffic on both sides of the interstate was halted temporarily after the collision. Eastbound traffic backed up for about two miles for about 30 minutes while a wrecker worked to get the 18-wheeler out of the boggy median. Efforts were further hampered a sudden burst of rain, which severely limited visibility along I-30.

The truck and car were both towed away and both east and west lanes of I-30 reopened by about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday.

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