Dallas resident Jesus Adelberto Romero Moncivais, 21, was arrested by the Waxahachie Police Department on the two charges of intoxication assault with a vehicle causing serious bodily injury. Moncivais’ arrest is in connection with the 10-vehicle accident that occurred early Friday morning.
Five people were transported by East Texas EMS ground ambulance to an area hospital after sustaining injuries from the accident. The accident took place at the 405 exit in the northbound lanes of traffic on Interstate 35E at 5:43 a.m.
“When we first got on the scene, our truck company requested an air ambulance. My understanding is that due to the response time of the air ambulance, EMS elected to cancel the helicopter and just ground transport,” said Randy Muirhead, Waxahachie Fire Department’s Battalion Chief. “We had major damage to two of the vehicles. In one of the pick-ups we had to have the two of the occupants extricated.”
Tools were used to cut open the truck and safely remove the occupants, Muirhead said. The accident resulted in around a two-mile back up on the highway and on the service road, and some of those stuck in the traffic had to wait at least two hours before the back up cleared.
“I sat still for over an hour and a half this morning,” Rhonda Swanner said on the Waxahachie Daily Light Facebook page. “It looked really bad. I just pray that everyone will be ok.”
Members of the Waxahachie Police Department provided traffic control and kept the highway shutdown as emergency crews worked the accident.
“I sat for two and a half hours,” said Monica Boyd on the Waxahachie Daily Light Facebook page. “I couldn't jump the grass to the service road because it had water in it and I didn't want to get stuck.”
A tractor-trailer was one of the vehicles involved in Friday’s accident. Because of the damage sustained to the tractor-trailer, one of the saddle tanks was punctured and spilled about 50-70 gallons of diesel fuel on the highway and in the median.
Members of the Texas Department of Transportation came out to the scene and assisted bringing material out to clean the roadway of fuel, so the highway could be opened back up, Muirhead said.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality was also contacted because of the diesel spill. An environmental clean up company was also contacted by the trucking company because of the spill of diesel in the median.
Units cleared the scene at about 8:30 a.m. and returned to the station. The cause of the accident remains under investigation at this time by the Waxahachie Police Department.
Moncivais was booked into the Wayne McCollum Detention Center at 1:19 p.m. on Friday. He remains in custody at the detention center with bonds totaling $60,000.