Crash shuts down LBJ in both directions

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by CYNTHIA VEGA

WFAA

Posted on September 28, 2010 at 12:10 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 28 at 6:30 PM

DALLAS - Hours after a crash involving four vehicles, westbound lanes on Interstate 635 were once again open, with eastbound lanes remaining closed at Skillman Road in Dallas.

Part of Interstate 635 was shut down in both directions after the collision that occurred at about 8:30 a.m.

Traffic congested the area as cleanup crews worked to clear the debris leftover from the crash. Diesel from an 18-wheeler involved in the crash was leaked, causing a massive mess on the interstate.

Authorities said they believe the accident began when the 18-wheeler fishtailed, causing the driver to lose control and crash into the center retaining wall and into a BMW. A SUV heading westbound on the other side of the wall was struck by debris from the wall.

"It's a very lucky day because my husband is good, just fine," said Michelle Miterko, the wife of the driver of the struck SUV.

A spokesman with the Dallas Police Department said they have not placed blame on any of the drivers yet as they continue to investigate the collision. However, police said they believe through their initial investigation that the 18-wheeler was heading eastbound when it tried passing a pickup truck pulling a trailer. That was when they believe the driver of the 18-wheeler lost control, leading to the wreck.

No one was seriously injured in the crash. The driver of the 18-wheeler was taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.

 

 

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