Trooper Gary Rozzell, DPS information officer, said the driver, 34-year-old Evangalist Dwhite Freeman was driving north in a 2008 Volvo truck with a trailer-load of steel I-beams.
“The truck rolled onto its cab,” Rozzell said. “The driver had to be extricated. He was taken by ambulance to Graham and flown to a hospital, I don’t know which one.”
At the scene was PK East EMS and Volunteer Fire Department, Young County sheriff’s deputies, Palo Pinto County sheriff’s deputies, DPS troopers, Graham EMS and Texas Department of Public Safety.
Those on scene reported I-beams were scattered across the highway prompting closure of the highway for a time. Once a lane was established, one-way traffic could pass. When equipment arrived to load the beams on another trailer, the highway was once more shut down until, again, a single lane was available.
The highway was reopened about 10:30 a.m.
About the time of the accident, a vehicle struck one of the I-beams. While the vehicle was disabled, the driver was not reported to have been injured, Rozzell said. The name of that driver was not available.
As of Friday, Rozzell said the driver was still alive but had no information on his condition. The accident is still under investigation.