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3 trucks wreck in rain

By Kristen Tribe | Published Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Three 18-wheelers were totaled early Saturday morning after running off rain-slick U.S. 287 and U.S. 380 in Decatur.

Remarkably the trucks did not collide, and no one was seriously injured.

MINOR INJURIES - A rain-slick road caused three 18-wheelers to run off U.S. 287 at U.S. 380 in Decatur early Saturday morning. Remarkably no one was seriously hurt. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

MINOR INJURIES – A rain-slick road caused three 18-wheelers to run off U.S. 287 at U.S. 380 in Decatur early Saturday morning. Remarkably no one was seriously hurt. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Decatur police officer Keith Hilton said John Craig, 56, of Enid, Okla., was driving a Sun Coast Resources tank truck northbound on U.S. 287 about 6 a.m. He lost control on the wet roadway at U.S. 380, hitting the concrete barrier separating the north- and southbound lanes of 287. The truck jackknifed and came to rest on the east side of the highway.

Hilton said Craig suffered “moderate injuries” and was transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

Immediately after Craig’s truck jackknifed, two more 18-wheelers that were traveling northbound swerved to miss the wreckage and ran off the east side of U.S. 287. They barreled down the embankment and ran through a fence into the Texas Department of Transportation yard below the highway.

One was a rock truck driven by Cervando Laura, 44, of Fort Worth, and the other was a Swift truck driven by Michael Bingham, 61.

Officer Hilton said Laura was not injured, and Bingham was transported to WRHS with minor injuries.

“The crazy thing is they never touched each other,” Hilton said. “All three totaled and none of them ever touched.”

Both northbound lanes and one southbound lane of 287 were shut down for more than an hour. All lanes were re-opened by 7:15 a.m.

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