Skip to comments.Fiery truck crash causes 10 mile traffic jam on I-30
Posted on 09/09/2013 8:40:26 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
Traffic on Interstate 30 eastbound was backed up almost 10 miles this afternoon for almost three hours after a Freightliner driven by a man from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico crashed into a bridge around the 53 mile marker on I-30 eastbound and burst into flames.
Jose Valadez was driving the tractor trailer east around 2:30 p.m. when, according to Arkansas State Police, he said he fell asleep and drove into the guardrail leading up to the bridge taking out all 300 feet of it. The Freightliner then crashed into the bridges parapet and ground along the top of it before turning over on its driver side in the right lane and going up in flames. The crash also set the ditch on each side of the bridge on fire and dropped one of the trucks fuel tanks and 150 gallons of diesel fuel into the creek below. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.
The truck Valadez was driving belongs to TSI Trucking out of Jeffersonville, Indiana.
Witnesses reported that the truck exploded in flames before Valadez jumped out of the truck and ran to safety. He apparently avoided any serious injury.
After the truck and trailer were moved into the ditch, one lane of I-30 was opened up to try and relieve some of the congestion. Much of the traffic was diverted at Exit 46 in Prescott onto Highway 67. Both lanes were opened back up around 5:25 p.m. but it took some time to get traffic flowing again.
The Arkansas State Police and Arkansas Highway Police were on scene to investigate the crash and manage the traffic jam.
Trooper Bryan Christenson investigated the crash. According to Christenson, Valadez was cited for careless and prohibited driving.
Cargo is CV joint-axles shafts?
When we travel, we stay off of the interstates.
One nice thing about being retired is that you never have to be in a hurry.
It’s a great way to see the real America—her small towns, her mountains, her forests, etc.
US77 is the nicest route I have recently been turned onto in Tx.
Well, the only time in my life I ever left the keys in my car was in downtown Prescott, Arkansas. I was on the old highway, parked in front of the town hotel, with its adjoining cafe, and my keys had slipped from my pants pocket onto the carseat, as I went inside for lunch. A very nice deputy sheriff came by, and used a slimjim to unlock my car for me. Really appreciated that.
Boring anecdote, I suppose. But whenever I hear Prescott mentioned, I remember that incident.
....doing the jobs americans wont do (for $7 an hour)
That was the first thing I learned when I went to work for the auto industry. ;-)
I used to drive I30 every day in N. Dallas. Hated it! Took 45 minutes on a good day to go 10 miles. Jam packed with rigs going N. from Mexico. I knew every alternate surface street route to avoid I30.
This is the strangest thing.
I was driving for awhile, and I would sometimes haul universal joints or similar parts down to Laredo from the northeast. These were taken to Mexico and assembled into complete axles and drivelines. The axle and driveline assemblies would then be hauled to an International factory in Springfield, Ohio. It always seemed to me that all of that hauling would have to cancel out the labor savings. I was thinking maybe they were doing things in Mexico that the EPA wouldn't allow up here.