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July 16, 2014

Morning crash closes highway

Corsicana — An early morning crash between two 18-wheelers on Interstate 45 ended with one of the trucks destroyed by fire.

Despite the blaze and spilled fuel from the crash, the truck’s driver received only minor injuries.

Trooper James Colunga reports the crash occurred at 4:33 a.m. Wednesday in the southbound lanes of Interstate 45 near the 216 mile marker.

A 2004 Freightliner driven by James Boardmen of Cooper was southbound in the right lane of the highway, having just pulled back on to the interstate from the rest stop. A 1999 Freightliner driven by Rodrigo Guido was also southbound on the highway in the left lane. Colunga said for some “unknown reason” Guido’s truck crossed into the right lane striking Boardmen's truck.

The impact of the crash sent Boardmen’s big rig into the center median, and also is believed to have punctured the truck’s diesel tanks, which started the fire that eventually fully engulfed the trailer, Colunga said. Guido’s truck was not damaged, and he stopped on the shoulder of the highway.

Boardmen was taken by ambulance to Navarro Regional Hospital, where he was treated and released.

The fire and fuel spill had the highway closed for several hours Wednesday, with southbound traffic routed onto the service road at the rest stop. Eventually, one lane of traffic was opened as HazMat crews worked to clean up the fuel spill before reopening the roadway.

Guido, who was not injured, was cited by DPS troopers investigating the crash for failure to control speed.

Multiple fire departments were dispatched to the scene along with Corsicana ambulance medics and DPS troopers.

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Bob Belcher may be reached by email at bbelcher@corsicanadailysun.com

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