Three people were transported to area hospitals after sustaining injures from a five-vehicle accident Tuesday evening.
Emergency crews received the call of an accident at about 6:01 p.m. and were dispatched to the intersection of Butcher Road and U.S. Highway 77.
“We ended up have two East Texas cround ambulances and one CareFlite helicopter. There was one critical patient that we transported by CareFlite air to Methodist Dallas,” said John Rodgers, Waxahachie Fire Department Battalion Chief. “We had to shut down 77 to land the helicopter.”
None of the occupants of the vehicles were trapped and firefighters were able to get them out without extrication. The helicopter landed north of the intersection on the highway, Rodgers said.
According to the report from the Waxahachie Police Department, a 2005 Ford F-150 was at a red light on Butcher Road, waiting to turn southbound onto U.S. Highway 77. The second vehicle, a 1999 Toyota Tacoma pulling a trailer, was traveling southbound in the inside lane. The Ford made a right turn into the inside lane of southbound U.S. Highway 77. Because of an improper turn and failing to yield right of way turn on red, the Tacoma struck the Ford.
The Ford then struck a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado, which was sitting in the northbound turning lane in the 2900 block of U.S. Highway 77. A 1998 Chevrolet Blazer then struck the Ford as the Ford came into its lane of traffic. The Ford was then pushed forward and sideswiped a 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe.
During the course of the accident, both northbound 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 said.
In addition to those transported to the hospital by ambulance and helicopter, one person refused transport, one drove himself or herself and two others had another person drive them to the hospital.
After the patients were taken to the hospital, firefighters worked to remove debris from the roadway and performed a wash down with water to get rid of fluids from the road surface. Firefighters cleared the scene at 7 p.m. and returned to the station.