Crash Closes Eastbound U.S. 80 in Forney

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    The driver of an 18-wheeler was taken by air amublance to Parkland Hospital after an accident in Forney on Friday afternoon.

    The driver of an 18-wheeler was taken by air ambulance to Parkland Hospital in Dallas after a crash in Forney on Friday afternoon.

    According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the driver of the big rig was traveling eastbound on U.S. 80 when the front tire on the vehicle blew out.

    State Trooper Kyle Bradford told NBC 5 that the driver jerked the vehicle to the left and struck a bridge.

    The cab of the tractor-trailer caught fire. From Chopper 5, fire crews could also be seen putting out flames in some brush below the bridge.

    The eastbound lanes of U.S. 80 at Farm-to-Market Road 460 were shut down because of the crash. The highway had reopened by 6 p.m. after crews cleared debris and inspected the bridge.

    Three firefighters were also take to a hospital for observation of heat-related problems.