A pair of two-vehicle accidents between two separate semi-trucks and passenger vehicles resulted in hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel being spilled on to U.S. Highway 77 at Butcher Road on Thursday afternoon.
First responders had to shut down the roadway for several hours to allow hazmat crews to clean up the spill from the initial wreck between a tractor-trailer and pickup truck.
Waxahachie Police officer Corey Kaelin stated the semi-truck was making a turn at the time of the accident.
“The driver of the 18-wheeler was headed northbound in the inside turn lane and attempted to make a left hand turn onto Butcher Road,” Kaelin said. “The driver of the red pickup, a Ram 1500, was leaving a private drive and was attempting to make a left-hand turn and was attempting to go southbound on U.S. Highway 77.”
Kaelin stated the pickup driver told him he never saw the semi-truck approaching.
Miguel Espino, the driver of the semi-truck, stated “I was driving from the south on Highway 77, and I was trying to make a left onto Butcher Road. The signal light said it was ok to make a turn. Then the red truck appeared, and suddenly he hit my truck."
Espino explained he hit his brakes, but it was too late to stop to prevent the accident.
No injuries were reported by Espino or the driver of the pickup truck.
Waxahachie Police Lt. Mike Lewis stated that, while officers were en route to the first accident, a second one took place several hundred feet away from the intersection. The second accident involved a passenger vehicle and a second semi-truck.
Waxahachie Police Cpl. Brian Fuller reported there were no injuries to the occupants of the vehicles.
The driver advised he never saw the approaching 18-wheeler. The vehicle’s occupants reported no injuries.
Responding to the call were members of the Waxahachie and Emergency Services District Six Fire Departments, the Ellis County Sheriff's Office, and Ellis County Constable Precinct 2. Members of the Texas Department of Transportation and Lone Star Hazmat Response Unit facilitated the clean up of the diesel fuel.
The accidents remain under investigation by the Waxahachie Police Department at this time.