In one of three accidents in Arlington, an SUV that witnesses said was going the wrong-way on I-20 near Green Oaks Blvd. was crushed Thursday morning. The driver had to be cut out of her vehicle.
Arlington police were busy all night with back-to-back major accidents.
The first accident happened at 10:30 p.m. in the 4700 block of Eden Rd. Arlington police said early in the investigation the driver appeared to have been speeding when he lost control of his car, and went off the roadway. The car rolled, the driver was ejected and he died at the scene, according to police.
At approximately 1:00 a.m. Arlington police were called to westbound Interstate 30 under the Center Street Bridge. Police said the accident involved a smaller car that was somehow hit in the rear. The Tarrant County Medical Examiners Office confirms the driver in that accident died. Police have released very little information in that investigation.
45 minutes later Arlington police were called to a third accident involving a driver headed the wrong way on Interstate 20 near Green Oaks Blvd. A witness told officers he was driving westbound on I-20 when he saw an SUV coming toward him.
The driver told police he swerved to miss the SUV but the big rig behind him couldn't. The 18-wheeler jackknifed and the woman's SUV hit the side of the trailer and punctured its diesel tanks.
Firefighters had to cut the driver out of her SUV, police said she was transported to JPS Hospital in Fort Worth and was last reported in serious condition.
I-20 was closed during the accident cleanup and investigation, the highway reopened at about 6:45 a.m.
Police said the two deadly accidents were the 19th and 20th traffic fatalities in Arlington this year.