Emergency responders used “jaws of life” to free a man pinned in an 18-wheeler after he rolled it late Wednesday night in Park Springs.
Clayton B. McNabb, 59, was flown from the scene to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth with serious injuries. McNabb was hauling a full tank truck when he came to a curve in the road on Texas 101, a few miles north of Chico.
The northbound truck rolled and landed almost upside-down in a ditch. No other vehicles were involved.
“He was going too fast on the curve,” said Trooper Bobby Marquez, Department of Public Safety. “He lost control, and the tanker flipped on its side, skidded down the road and ended up in the ditch.”
Marquez didn’t think McNabb was speeding, but when he came to the sharp curve with a fully-loaded tank, he was unable to maintain control.
The wreck happened at 10:30 p.m., and the road was shut down for more than two hours during extrication and cleanup. The tanker was full of waste water, and another truck from Bridgeport Tank Trucks arrived to pump the fluid from the still-intact tank on the overturned truck.
Alvord and Chico fire departments, Wise County medics and Texas DPS responded.