Crash injures 3, closes westbound I-30 in East Dallas

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by TOM BENNING

The Dallas Morning News

Posted on December 3, 2010 at 4:03 PM

DALLAS - A pickup truck drove up a grassy hill onto Interstate 30 this morning, causing a crash that shut down the highway's westbound lanes near Grand Avenue.

All westbound lanes except the HOV lanes are likely to be closed for much of the afternoon because a damaged sign over the highway needs be fixed, Dallas police spokesman Kevin Janse said.

The pileup happened shortly before 11 a.m. when the white pickup drove off the highway's westbound frontage road, slammed through a guardrail and crashed into an 18-wheeler.

"I thought he was coming through my windshield," said the semi driver, John Johnson, 51,who suffered only small cuts. "I was holding on, doing what I could do to stop from hurting anybody else."

The semi spun out before colliding with the highway divider. A DART paratransit bus, which is used to transport people with mobility problems, then crashed into the back end of the tractor-trailer.

Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said he thought the driver of the pickup was leaving the McDonald's at the corner of East Grand and I-30 before the accident.

Two of three passengers on the bus suffered injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening, Evans said. DART spokesman Morgan Lyons said they were taken to a hospital as a precaution.

The man driving the pickup was taken to Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. His condition was not known.

A hazardous materials crew was at the scene to clean up a fuel spill, along with Dallas-Fire Rescue paramedics.

Westbound traffic was backed up for miles and was being routed onto the HOV lane, the only westbound lane that remains open.

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