Dump truck jumps median on LBJ, two dead

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by MARIE SAAVEDRA and JOBIN PANICKER

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WFAA

Posted on September 10, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 11 at 10:43 AM

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DALLAS — Two people were killed Tuesday morning when a dump truck jumped over a median on LBJ Freeway at Webb Chapel Road and pinned two other vehicles under it.

Traffic along the primary east-west route in North Dallas was stymied for hours after the fatal wreck.

A Garland man driving a Toyota Camry miraculously escaped seriouis injury after the truck crushed his sedan.

But two people in a white Lexus registered to an address in Trophy Club were killed when the front of the big truck crashed over the concrete barrier.

Neighbors identified the victims as T.D and Charlyne Mullikin of Trophy Club. They were shocked to hear the news, and described them as a sweet couple who always had their grandchildren over.

"Our firefighters reported when they got here that ... there was a white car underneath the front of the dump truck and pretty much the entire front end of the dump truck was inside of the car," Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said.

It is unclear how the incident occurred.

Corporate Affairs Director for the LBJ Express project Andy Rittler said the trucking company that owns the dump truck, Rizo Trucking, is a subcontractor on the project.

The Plano Hazardous Materials team responded to help clean a "significant amount of diesel fuel" that spilled from the truck, Evans said. 

Both sides of LBJ Freeway were shut down, and traffic was backed up for miles.

The freeway It was reopened in both directions by 3 p.m.

E-mail msaavedra@wfaa.com

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