FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - Tuesday night into Wednesday morning was a particularly dangerous time to be traveling along North Texas roads. Five separate crashes between 11:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. kept emergency crews busy, and left several individuals either dead, injured or behind bars.
First, a cement truck flipped over along Ledbetter Drive, near South Westmoreland Road in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas. The crash dumped a load of sand and concrete onto the roadway, and diesel fuel spilled out from the truck’s gas tanks. According to authorities, the driver — an off-duty firefighter — simply lost control of the truck while attempting to make a turn. The driver was not injured. The road was closed while a hazardous materials crew cleaned up the mess.
About 45 minutes later, a single-vehicle crash along C.F. Hawn Freeway, near Masters Drive, left two people dead. Police have not said what caused the pickup truck to crash. The names of the victims have not been released.
Also before midnight, authorities near Maypearl became involved in a chase with a suspect in a stolen pickup truck. That pursuit came to a close when the suspect crashed on the exit ramp from Interstate-35E to Colorado Boulevard. Deputies from Dallas County and Ellis County quickly took the man into custody. His name was not released. Police have also not said what charges he will face.
Then, after midnight, one person died in a crash along Interstate-35E, near Laureland Road in the south Oak Cliff area of Dallas. Authorities said that an 18-wheeler had pulled over to the shoulder of the freeway, but a man in a Ford Explorer rear-ended that big rig at a high rate of speed. The crash created a fire. The 18-wheeler driver attempted to extinguish the flames, but they were soon too much for him. The driver of the smaller vehicle was not able to escape from the crash, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Finally, police in Fort Worth are still searching for the driver who fled from a fatal hit-and-run crash. This happened at about 2:00 a.m. along Crowley Road, just south of Risinger Road, in the southern part of the city. Officials said that a man exited a bar and tried to walk across the road, where the speed limit is 55 mph. One vehicle managed to avoid hitting him, but a second vehicle — a burgundy-colored Toyota Scion, most likely a 2010 model — struck him hard. The unidentified man died at the scene. According to police, the suspected vehicle should have a missing passenger side mirror.
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