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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - The northbound lanes of Central Expressway in Dallas were completely shut down between Royal Lane and Forest Lane early Tuesday morning after two separate car crashes, each involving emergency vehicles.

According to Lt. Paul Stokes of the Dallas Police Department, the incident started just before 3:00 a.m. when a police officer was assisting a woman who was stranded on the left shoulder of the highway. The officer placed the woman into the patrol car and, with emergency lights on, proceeded to drive across to the righthand shoulder. In the process, the patrol car was rear-ended by an alleged drunk driver.

Nobody was injured during this crash. The suspect was arrested. He has been identified as 32-year-old John Bryson of Dallas.

(credit: Dallas Police Department)

John Bryson (credit: Dallas Police Department)

A fire truck had arrived on the scene to block the crash site from oncoming traffic. But then, about 10 minutes later, a driver in a Ford pickup truck slammed into the fire truck’s side, just behind the rear wheel. The crash caused fuel to leak from the fire truck. Additional crews were called to the scene to help tow away the massive Dallas Fire-Rescue vehicle.

Two firemen inside of the truck were injured during this second crash, as well as the driver of the pickup truck. The three victims were transported to a hospital. Their conditions have not been released.

The northbound lanes remained closed until nearly 7:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. Cars were forced onto the access road and shoulders in order to get around the crash scenes. All lanes have since been opened back up to traffic.

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