MIDLOTHIAN-The driver of 18-wheeler was transported to Parkland Hospital in Dallas by PHI air ambulance as a result of single vehicle accident on Thursday.
First responders were dispatched to westbound U.S. Highway 287 under the Walter Stephenson Bridge at 1:19 p.m.
“The driver was probably headed out to the Highway 67 overpass project. But as he came along 287 he managed to some how roll his sand hauler down into the medium between the two half’s of 287 close to the bridge pillars under Walter Stephenson Road,” Midlothian Fire Chief David Schrodt said.
“He was trapped in the cab because it was all crunched up. It took us a good long time to get him out. I don’t believe that he was seriously injured but we had called for an air ambulance because the extended extrication.”
Schrodt said firefighters had to cut the roof and door off the cab to create enough space to safely get the driver out of the truck. Both sides of the highway were shut down to create a landing zone for the helicopter to land.
Members of the Midlothian Police Department were called in to work traffic control and the Mansfield Police Department was dispatched to conduct the accident investigation.
Units cleared the scene at 2:45 p.m.
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