Greenville man arrested after pickup, truck crash on I-30

Mexico native, 19, didn’t have driver’s license

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Nov 6, 2007 - A Greenville man’s bad luck was two-fold Monday afternoon — his pickup truck was wrecked, and he ended up in jail for driving without a license.

Staff Photo by Angela Pitts

A Greenville man, 19, was jailed for driving without a license after the pickup he was driving collided with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 30. No serious injuries were reported, but traffic was shut down to one lane on eastbound I-30.

The 19-year-old was driving a green Chevrolet pickup which overturned after it collided with a truck-tractor and box trailer on eastbound Interstate 30 at the 109 mile marker at 3 p.m. Monday. State Trooper Bill Reese arrested the Mexico native after a routine check showed he didn’t have a driver’s license.

No one was reported to have been seriously injured in the crash, but both trucks suffered serious damage, and traffic on eastbound I-30 was interrupted for more than an hour.

The collision of the pickup with the MSJ Trucking Inc. truck and trailer in the eastbound lane resulted in the green pickup overturning onto its top before resting in the median between the east and westbound lanes of I-30.

The big rig ended up on the eastbound shoulder at the edge of the ditch between the interstate and service road. The front of 18-wheeler was ripped off, the front axle and tire damaged. The MSJ truck’s fuel tank was also damaged, spilling a portion of the 200-300 gallons of diesel in the tank onto I-30 before the leak was contained and a substance poured on the spilled fuel to clean the road.

Eastbound I-30 was reduced to one lane for about an hour while crews worked to stop and clean up the leak, load the trucks up and haul them off. A few times, eastbound I-30 was completely shut down for a few minutes to give emergency personnel room to work.

Cumby and Hopkins County firefighters, Hopkins County Fire Department’s hazardous materials team, state troopers, deputies and Cumby police remained at the scene until about 4:15 p.m. Hopkins County EMS crews were also dispatched to the scene but had cleared by 3:30 p.m.

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