1 Injured After 18-wheeler Barrels Into Disabled Volvo on Sam Rayburn Tollway in Plano

The driver of an 18-wheeler was injured after it barreled into a disabled car on Sam Rayburn Tollway in Plano overnight. Highway patrol troopers responded to the crash about midnight Thursday near Coit Road. Preliminary investigation indicates that a Volvo passenger car was traveling north a tire blew out, Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Lonny Haschel said. The driver lost control of the vehicle, which went off the roadway and struck a concrete barrier. he Volvo then traveled back onto the tollway where it came to rest in the right lane. The driver and passerby tried to push the car to the right shoulder. The driver of an 18-wheeler, who didn't see the disabled Volvo, was traveling north, Haschel said. The Volvo driver and person helping saw the 18-wheeler approaching and got out of the way. The 18-wheeler struck it before veering into the center, where it crashed through the concrete barrier and came to rest partially in the left lane of southbound Sam Rayburn Tollway, Haschel said. The driver of the 18-wheeler was transported to a local medical facility with non-life-threatening injuries. The other people were not injured. The truck was carrying gasoline, but none was spilled. Oil from the engine leaked onto the highway, though, which Hazmat was cleaning, as of about 4:30 a.m. Friday. The roadway is expected to reopen before rush hour, Haschel said.  Continue reading...

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