DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A crash on Thursday involving an overturned gasoline tanker truck and six other vehicles shut down the westbound lanes of the LBJ Freeway in Dallas, and it was still closed early Friday morning. The incident happened at around 11:45 p.m. near Abrams Road.
Dallas Fire-Rescue sent out special equipment for people who were pinned in the wreckage, and a hazardous materials team was called in for a fuel spill. Officials have not said anything about the extent of possible injuries.
A mom and her two kids were among those involved. Munique Robinson said that her car was rear-ended as she tried to travel around the initial crash. “I hesitated so we could get around it. Somebody hit me,” she stated. “Then, it looked like the tractor trailer was trying to slow down so he didn’t hit anybody, but he went into a skid and then rolled.”
Robinson did her best to help others. “I’ve been an EMT and firefighter for years up in Pennsylvania, so most of the concern was making sure everybody in the other vehicles was okay,” she said. “Once I made sure my kids were okay, we called 911 and they said they already had people on the way from the first accident.”
There has been no word yet as to when the freeway might reopen. Check the traffic map for the latest updates.
The Texas Department of Transportation explained that the tanker truck’s company has sent in an empty truck, and crews are racing to offload the 7,000 gallons of gasoline before the overturned vehicle can be turned upright and towed away. The entire ordeal was stressful for not only those involved, but also those stuck in the resulting traffic.
“Everything was shut down and everything is bumper-to-bumper going both ways,” said driver Kristina Sparks on Friday. The incident added about 20 to 25 minutes to her commute. “It’s been horrible.”
“It’s probably a 15-20 minute delay for me,” said driver Jalyn Bray. “It was pretty rough.”
“I used three or four routes, but it was very hard to get my customer,” said taxi driver Hailmariam Pamte.