18-Wheeler Crash Closes Dallas Tollway For Hours

tollway crash 2 18 Wheeler Crash Closes Dallas Tollway For Hours

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Just before 4:30 p.m. all northbound lanes of the Dallas North Tollway, from Interstate-635 to Spring Valley Road were finally re-opened after a serious morning accident involving an 18-wheeler and two vehicles.

From about 9:45 a.m. until evening rush hour, northbound traffic was being diverted onto eastbound Interstate-635. The 18-wheeler was removed from the roadway just before 4 p.m.

As of 3:44 p.m. all southbound lanes of the Tollway, at I-635 , were open.

As Chopper 11 flew over the scene, minutes after the morning accident, at least one car could be seen underneath the trailer portion of the overturned semi. The truck was carrying a 30,000 pound load of cardboard.

Officials with the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) said the only major damage was to a light pole in the center median. The light is functioning, but will have to be replaced.

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) spokesman Lonnie Haschel said the crash happened as the semi was traveling the westbound I-635 ramp onto the northbound Dallas Tollway.

Haschel said the driver of the 18-wheeler was traveling too fast, crossed all three lanes of Tollway traffic, pushed an SUV through the concrete barrier and into southbound traffic, then fell over and landed on top of another car.

CBS 11 News has confirmed that 49-year-old Greg Meece, of  Sugarland, was injured and taken to Parkland Hospital. Meece was the driver of the car that was trapped beneath the 18-wheeler. Thursday afternoon he was in serious condition in the ICU.

The driver of the SUV was also taken to an area hospital.  That person’s condition isn’t known.

The driver of the semi was not injured, but Haschel said that individual will be charged with “failure to control speed.”

Some alternatives for east/west travelers might be – Beltline Road, Forest Lane, Royal Lane or Walnut Hill Lane. Alternatives for north/south travelers might be – Interstate-35, Lemmon Avenue (which turns into Marsh Lane), U.S. Highway 75 or Greenville Avenue.

Check the area traffic backups, delays and redirects in the CBSDFW.COM traffic section.

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  1. Elaine says:

    A lesson for ALL Drivers! Stay AWAY from semi-truck drivers because SO MANY of them seem to think they are driving a sports car!

  2. Ms. M says:

    This is the 2nd time this happens in only a few months in the very same spot. Last one was an 18-wheel hauler full to the brim with roofing materials. It was a big mess! I don’t know how the driver of this car survived. He must’ve had an angel looking after him. Simply a miracle he made it out alive. So many heartfelt thanks to the many good samaritans who immediately stopped to help. I work on the 22nd floor of the tower across from the Galleria so we heard the crash and immediately went to see what had happened. The good samaritans had a hard time pulling the driver side door open and getting the driver out but somehow they did. I was disappointed it took the fire department and ambulances almost 10 minutes to get there. Something needs to be done to slow down these large vehicles when coming off this access road trying to get onto Dallas Tollway North.

    1. PRAYER DRIVER says:

      SO SAD THAT NOBODY EVER GAVE 1 THAUGHT THAT THE WIND COULD HAVE BEEN A BIG FACTER IN THIS ACCIDENT BECAUSE THE LOAD WAS ONLY CARD BOARDS THEY R NOT THAT HEAVY ALTHOUGH THEY SAY HIS WEIGHT WAS 30,000 LBS. BUT I TOTATLY AGREE WITH SOME PEOPLE THAT SOME TRUCKERS THINK THEY ON THE ROAD & THINK THEY CAN MANOVER LIKE CARS & PICKUPS, I’M ONLY SAYEING THIS BECAUSE I AM A TRUCK DRIVER & HAVE BEEN FOR 27 YEARS & HAVE NOT HAD ONE ACCIDENT THANX TO MY LORD & SAVIOR WHO HAS BEEN WITH ME THESE LAST 27 YEARS OF MY SAFE DRIVING OF OVER A MILLION MILES ON THE ROAD FOR THE PEOPLE WHO NEED A BED TO SLLEEP ON & HAVE A CAR TO DRIVE TO GET FROM POINT A & B, & B THANKFUL FOR THE FOOD & GAS THAT THEY GET, WHAT I’M TRYING TOSAY PEOPLE IS DO U REALIZE THAT EVERYTHING U HAVE HAS TO COME FROM A TRUCKER & YES IT’S THE YOUNG ROOKIE TRUCKERS THINK THEY KNOW EVERYTHING & YET THEY NO NOTHING ABT. DRIVINNG A TRUCK BECAUSE THEY THINK THEY KNOW IT ALL BUT ACTIONS SPEEK LOUDER THAN WORDS. I’M THANKFUL THAT IT WASN’T WORSE THAN WHAT IT REALLY WAS & THAT EVERYBODY MADE IT OUT ALIVE MY PRAYERS R WITH THE VICTIMS THAT WERE INJURED & HURT BUT ALSO THE TRUCK DRIVER BECAUSE HE IS GOING TO HAVE TO LIVE WITH THIS ON HIS MIND FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE I’M SORRY THAT IT HAPPEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      1. joe blow says:

        I can tell by your spelling

    2. Knows better says:

      YaDaYaDa. Is there a point to your vacuous comment, Mrs. M?

  3. Frank White says:

    My head hurts after reading that mess

  4. one crazy price says:

    Do yall realize that most 18 wheeler can not speed, there trucks have been “turned down” most companies do not allow their trucks to go faster then 65!!!

    1. Gr8tful1 says:

      65 mph is way too fast if the road conditions will only support 45 mph!!!

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