Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Fatal crash on LBJ involved truck contracted for freeway construction
The dump truck is registered to Rizo Trucking out of Garland.
LBJ Freeway reopened in both directions, about four hours after a dump truck jumped the concrete barrier near Marsh Lane and killed two.
Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesperson Jason Evans says the deceased were in the same vehicle — the white Lexus 350 pinned at the front of the truck. A Mazda was also trapped under the truck.
Evans says a third person sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
The dump truck is registered to Rizo Trucking out of Garland. Andy Rittler, spokesman for the LBJ Express construction project, says via email that “though the investigation is ongoing, we can confirm that the trucking company involved is known to have been a subcontractor on the LBJ Express project.”
LBJ Express officials, along with the project’s subcontractors, are assisting Dallas police with their investigation, says the statement.
“We are committed to keeping drivers prepared and safe as they move through the construction zone,” says the statement. “On behalf of the thousands of workers involved with the LBJ Express project, we wish to express our sincere condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of those lost and hurt in today’s accident.”
Evans says Plano HazMat was called to the scene “because a significant amount of diesel fuel spilled from the dump truck.” Dallas’ HazMat team is currently working a minor fuel spill nearby, at Stemmons Expressway and LBJ.