Separate accidents that involve motorcyclist, truck driver snarl traffic
A motorcyclist died Wednesday afternoon and a cement truck driver was injured in the morning in separate accidents in Denton that shut down highways for hours.
Denton police Officer Ryan Grelle said Interstate 35E at Teasley Lane was shut down for about three hours Wednesday afternoon after a motorcycle rider lost control as he entered the highway at 12:20 p.m.
The rider, whose name has not been released, was taken by CareFlite helicopter to a Plano trauma center where he was declared dead on arrival.
“We don’t know what happened,” Grelle said. “We are in the very early stages of an investigation. We don’t believe at this time that speed was a factor.”
Northbound traffic was diverted to side streets at more than one location to try to alleviate the huge backup that occurred. Still, traffic was backed up for several miles toward Lewisville for hours.
Earlier Wednesday, a cement truck struck a concrete wall on far south Fort Worth Drive at the intersection with Hamilton Road, said police Officer Shane Kizer.
The truck rolled over.
The officer said he did not know what caused the truck to strike the wall, but the accident was reported at about 8 a.m. at the intersection with Hamilton Road.
“The driver crawled out of the truck,” Kizer said.
The driver was taken to a local emergency room and then transported to a Plano trauma center. His injuries were not considered life-threatening, the officer said. The man’s name was not released.
The cement truck began leaking gasoline, and the highway, which is also U.S. Highway 377, was shut down to traffic while the mess was cleaned up.
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