Fuel tank strikes pickup, injures driver

By Kristen Tribe | Published Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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An Alvord man was injured Sunday morning when a fuel tank from an 18-wheeler broke free and struck the pickup he was driving on U.S. 81/287.

About 9:20 a.m., a tractor-trailer traveling northbound on U.S. 81/287, near the U.S. 380 exit, in Decatur crashed through the cement barrier into the southbound lanes. One of its fuel tanks broke loose, striking a southbound pickup driven by Marvin Porter of Alvord.

Wreck in the Rain

WRECK IN THE RAIN – Emergency responders work an accident scene after an 18-wheeler crashed through the cement barrier separating the north and southbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 Sunday in Decatur. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Porter was transported by ground ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur with possible neck and back injuries, according to Sgt. Delvon Campbell with the Decatur Police Department. He was later transferred to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth and is listed in stable condition.

The truck driver, Sarbjit Singh of Arlington, was uninjured but issued a citation for driving at unsafe speeds.

This section of 287 has been the site of many accidents, most of which have involved 18-wheelers. Campbell said they have also worked accidents there involving passenger vehicles, but they don’t know exactly why this seems to be such a problematic stretch.

“As (vehicles) come up that hill, they realize there’s a slight turn and hit their brakes. Then the brakes lock up on them,” he said.

In addition to Decatur PD, Decatur Fire Department and Wise County medics were also on scene. Texas Department of Transportation was called to repair the barrier.

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