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Scott Friedman, NBC 5 Investigates
NBC 5 Investigates uncovered safety violations after a big rig crash that shutdown I-30 at Dolphin Street in Dallas for more than 15 hours.
The westbound lanes of Interstate 30 at Dolphin Road in Dallas remains closed Monday after big-rig crashed and hit a bridge column Sunday afternoon.
The crash took place at about 4 p.m. Sunday.
Dallas Fire-Rescue reported the big-rig driver, 34-year-old Juan Garza, of Mission, died in the crash.
Westbound I-30 traffic was diverted onto service roads in the area.
The Texas Department of Transportation bridge engineers inspected the bridge and found that damage was limited primarily to the column, and an emergency contract is being written to speed up repairs to the bridge.
TxDOT crews are setting up a concrete traffic barrier in the far right lane on westbound I-30 to protect the emergency shoring scaffold that is supporting the Dolphin Road bridge over the highway.
The concrete barrier is expected to be in place before the afternoon rush hour and stay up for several days days during repairs, that will leave the three remaining lanes open to traffic.
Because of the right-lane closure at Dolphin the DART HOV lanes will not be operating for eastbound afternoon rush hour. TxDOT and DART will continue to monitor the situation in the area and make changes to the HOV operation if needed.
Message boards in the area will remind drivers of the traffic situation, but TxDOT says drivers should consider alternate routes for the afternoon rush hour.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.