Woman struck by 18-wheeler while crossing Interstate 30
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 31, 2006 - A Sulphur Springs woman was rushed to the hospital after being struck by an 18-wheeler on Interstate 30 just before 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The truck driver's attentiveness and quick action were credited with saving the woman's life, according to state troopers.

The pedestrian-tractor-trailer crash occurred around 10:30 this morning in the westbound lane of Interstate 30 in front of Budget Inn. The woman and her husband had left Burton's Family Restaurant on Shannon Road and had walked across both the service road and eastbound lanes of I-30.

As the pair approached the westbound lane to cross the highway, the husband erred on the side of caution, stopping in the center median to wait for a longer break in traffic before crossing to Budget Inn.

The woman, at least five witnesses told troopers, attempted to run across the road, trying to beat the oncoming truck-tractor trailer rig. The truck driver, seeing the woman directly in front of him, began taking evasive action in hopes of missing her.

"He did everything he could to try to avoid her. He nearly overturned as he went into the middle trying to miss her. He missed hitting her head on, but she hit there on the side. That's why she's still alive, " said Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Brandon Stribling.

The woman was knocked to the ground, sustaining a serious leg injury, likely shattered bones and serious lacerations. The only other visible injuries were scrapes and bruises.

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