FERRIS – A driver of a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck was transported by CareFlite air ambulance to Methodist Dallas Medical Center as the result of a single vehicle accident Tuesday.
Firefighters were dispatched at 7 a.m. near the 263 Exit on southbound Interstate 45.
Ferris firefighter Jason Birdwell said after the vehicle left the roadway it went down an embankment and traveled underneath a bridge where it went into a creek. The driver of the vehicle reported the accident to dispatchers.
Upon arrival firefighters had to forcibly open the vehicle to remove the driver safely. At the time of the accident the driver was wearing a seat belt.
Birdwell said one of the difficulties firefighters faced was there was a foot of water inside the cab of the vehicle.
Providing mutual aid on the call was Palmer Fire Chief Loyd Higdon who set up a landing zone for the helicopter.
Members of the Ferris Police Department provided traffic control and shut down the service road as emergency personnel worked the scene.
The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety. Units cleared the scene at 8 a.m.
The condition of the driver was unavailable at press time.
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