GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas — The driver of an18-wheeler was killed Saturday afternoon when his big rig crashed through a guardrail of an overpass and landed on President George Bush Turnpike.
Investigators said the truck had been traveling westbound on Interstate 30 when it went off the highway, igniting a fire sending thick, black smoke into the air that could be seen for miles around.
The accident halted traffic in all directions as emergency vehicles raced to the scene.
The trailer landed on both the northbound and southbound lanes of Bush Turnpike, also known as Highway 161. It does not appear that any other vehicles were involved in the crash.
The identity of the dead truck driver was not released.
After the fire was extinguished, workers began the long process of removing the charred debris from the toll road.
At 7:20 p.m. Grand Prairie police tweeted that the westbound lanes of I-30 had two to three lanes open, but both the northbound and southbound lanes of the Bush Turnpike would be closed "for an indefinite amount of time." Motorists were advised to use the service roads to get around the crash site.