18-Wheeler Flips, Catches Fire on Interstate 20 in Dallas

Eastbound I-20 has reopened between Bonnie View Road and JJ Lemmon Road

The eastbound lanes of Interstate 20 were closed in southern Dallas County Wednesday morning due to a fiery tractor-trailer crash.

It appeared an 18-wheeler heading east on I-20 crashed into a highway sign near the Bonnie View Road exit shortly after 8 a.m. A second crash followed, involving a total of four vehicles, a Dallas County Sheriff's spokesman said.

Video from Texas Sky Ranger showed flames and smoke soaring from the crashed big rig. A white panel van was also severely damaged.

Officials said an SUV involved in the crash fell into a nearby creek and flipped, trapping the driver inside. The driver was transported to a hospital with an arm injury, deputies said.

Westbound I-20 remained open, though traffic moved slowly due to onlooker delays.

At 11:30 a.m. the trailer of the crashed rig was still smoldering and officials have not said when the eastbound lanes would reopen but they expected clean-up to last several hours.

At 3:00 p.m. TX-Dot announced that all the eastbound lanes had reopened. One lane of the westbound lanes remained closed due to an earlier crash.

NBC 5 is reaching out for more information on this developing story. As details unfold, elements of this story may change.

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