On Monday night, extreme weather triggered a multiple vehicle crash that left three people injured near Waxahachie, Texas.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, a suspected tornado crossed I-35E and Johnston Road late Monday night, causing a crash involving three 18 wheelers.
According to reports, two southbound trucks were pushed into a center divider while a third northbound truck crashed off the interstate. At least one of the trucks overturned and spilled its load. A van crashed into the southbound trucks but the driver was able to regain control and pull off on the shoulder.
⚠️🇺🇸#URGENT: Multiple people critically injured after tornado crosses I-35 near Dallas, Texas#Forreston l #TX
A large tornado has rammed into a traffic jam south of Dallas. Multiple cars are flipped. Several people are trapped. EMS personnel are attempting to get to the scene. pic.twitter.com/5dsHlRbECi
— Intel Point ALERTS (@IntelPointAlert) May 4, 2021
All three truck drivers involved in the crash were injured and taken to the hospital, one in serious condition. Some outlets have reported a “possible fatality.”
Per Italy PD—3 people were pulled and transported from those 3 semi-trucks that turned over.
All three were transported to the hospital.
Conditions unknown at this time. (@wfaa) pic.twitter.com/RPnzSSQNoo
— Matt Howerton (@HowertonNews) May 4, 2021
The interstate was closed for about 5 hours as crews worked to rescue trapped drivers and clean up the wreckage. All lanes reopened by 3 a.m. on Tuesday.
Tornado damage update I-35 North bound is still closed. Heavy equipment now pull debris from the road.#txwx https://t.co/sVEt4rXaEd
— Jeff Piotrowski (@Jeff_Piotrowski) May 4, 2021