|Truck wreck forces closure of I-30 traffic lanes|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
March 27, 2006 - Another early morning 18-wheeler wreck resulted in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 30 being closed for 2 1/2 hours early Monday while officials worked to clear the wreckage from the roadway.
According to sheriff’s reports, an 18-wheeler traveling east on Interstate 30 ran off the roadway and apparently spun around before landing on its side facing the wrong direction in the middle of the eastbound lanes of traffic near Brinker.
Officers were first notified of the wreck by other motorists traveling near the 131 mile marker just before 5 a.m. Monday.
Brinker and Pickton-Pine Forest firefighters were dispatched to the accident scene in Brinker at 4:55 a.m. to act as first responders, as well as to assist state troopers and sheriff’s deputies with traffic control and to remain on standby as a precaution until the wreckage could be cleared from the roadway.
The 18-wheeler was reported to have been hauling rubber materials when it crashed, wrenching the cab of the truck-tractor off the chassis. The driver was not thought to have sustained any serious injuries as a result of the wreck
Officials shut down the eastbound lanes beginning at the FM 69 exit in Brinker. Traffic was routed off of I-30 east at the FM 69 exit down the south service road then back on the interstate at U.S. Highway 67 entrance until the wreckage was cleared. That section of I-30 east continued to be closed to traffic until just after 7:30 a.m. Monday, when wreckers pulled the mangled truck from the scene.