1 critically injured in crash

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The driver of an 18-wheeler was critically injured after running a stop sign and colliding with another 18-wheeler on Farm Road 51 near Cottondale shortly before 6 a.m. Monday morning, according to Department of Public Safety Cpl. Lantz Elliot.

Elliot said the driver of the first 18-wheeler, 53-year-old Oscar Ruiz, of Springtown, was traveling east on Farm Road 2123. The driver of the other 18-wheeler, 31-year-old Zachary Suppe, of Endicott, Washington, was going south on FM 51. Suppe was not injured.

Ruiz was extricated from the cab and taken by ground ambulance to John Peter Smith hospital in Fort Worth. A medical helicopter was requested but was unable to fly due to the weather

Elliot said it took nearly 30 minutes to free Ruiz from the cab. The collision knocked the axel off the trailer of one of the 18-wheelers. Traffic was shut down northbound and southbound on FM 51 as crews worked to clear the wreckage.

Firefighters from Paradise, Cottondale and Springtown responded to the accident, as well as DPS troopers and the Wise County Sheriff’s Office.

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