Truck drivers help extinguish fiery crash in Sweetwater, victim pinned for nearly 3 hours

SWEETWATER, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - Backed up traffic is to blame for a crash in Sweetwater that caused a vehicle to catch fire and a victim to be pinned inside for nearly 3 hours.

According to the Sweetwater Fire Department, the driver of a semi-truck came upon backed up traffic and crashed on the 1856 bridge over mile marker 249 in Sweetwater. This is at an area of ongoing construction on I-20.

The victim in the truck was pinned with his legs under the dash for about three hours. Two large wreckers were used in the extrication process. Fire Chief Grant Madden tells KTAB/KRBC, this was the longest extrication he could remember.

The truck caught fire. Other truckers stopped to help extinguish the fire with extinguishers they had in their truck.Those drivers are credited with saving the victims life. The truck was burning next to a leaking fuel tank.

The victim suffered major leg injuries, but is in stable condition. He was flown from the scene by Native Air from Snyder, Texas.



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