A collision between two tractor-trailers near the Reagor Springs community sent one driver to the hospital Tuesday morning.
The accident occurred about 10:49 a.m. in the northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 287, according to investigating Department of Public Safety trooper Clarence Jackson, who said a 1999 Freightliner driven by Peter M. Davis Jr., 61, of Italy, Texas, was making a right turn into JK Excavation, located in the 3500 block.
“He had his signal on and had approached the entrance when a second truck driver failed to control his speed and took faulty evasive action. That (second) driver went onto the shoulder and struck the first unit in the entrance (to the business),” Jackson said.
The second tractor-trailer, a 2001 International carrying a load of gallon milk jugs, then continued across the driveway, going off-road and traveling halfway up an embankment, Jackson said, saying the cab then rolled to the inside, with the dashboard pinning the driver across his legs inside of the truck.
“The driver was trapped in the cab and the Ennis Fire Department was first on the scene and with their (rescue tools) they were able to remove him,” Emergency Service District No. 6 Fire Department firefighter Dick Brillhart said.
“It took about an hour to get him out,” Jackson said of first responders’ extrication efforts.
The driver, Troy Youman Jr., 48, of Mesquite, Texas, was transported by air ambulance to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, with Jackson saying he was conscious and talking at the scene. His condition was not available by press time.
No injuries were reported by Davis, an employee of JK Excavation.
Also responding to the scene were East Texas EMS and the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office.
Daily Light reporter Andrew Branca contributed to this report.
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