Three people were transported to area hospitals after sustaining injuries from a four-vehicle accident Tuesday evening. First responders received the call of an accident at 6:01 p.m. and were dispatched to the intersection of Butcher Road and U.S. Highway 77.

“We ended up having two East Texas ground ambulances and one CareFlite helicopter. There was one critical patient that we transported by CareFlite air to Methodist Dallas,” John Rodgers, Waxahachie Fire Department Battalion Chief, said. “We had to shut down (U.S. Highway) 77 to land the helicopter.”

During the course of the accident both north and southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 77 were shut down. Members of the Waxahachie Police Department were on hand to provide traffic control. Southbound traffic was diverted onto Alton Adams Drive while northbound traffic remained stopped, Rodgers.

After the patients were taken to the hospital, firefighters worked to remove debris from the roadway and performed a wash down of vehicle fluids from the road surface. Firefighters cleared the scene at 7 p.m. and returned to the station.