18-wheeler catches fire in chain-reaction crash involving 3 big rigs

18-wheeler catches fire in chain-reaction crash on I-30

TEXARKANA (KSLA) - A tractor-trailer rig failed to slow for traffic and ran into the rear of another 18-wheeler, causing it to hit yet a third big rig, authorities said.

A tractor-trailer rig burned up after running into the rear of another 18-wheeler that, in turn, hit a third big rig. It happened the afternoon of May 15 on eastbound I-30 at Texarkana. (Source: Fred Gamble/KSLA News 12)
A tractor-trailer rig burned up after running into the rear of another 18-wheeler that, in turn, hit a third big rig. It happened the afternoon of May 15 on eastbound I-30 at Texarkana. (Source: Fred Gamble/KSLA News 12)

It happened about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Exit 3 on eastbound Interstate 30 at Texarkana.

Authorities estimate that eastbound traffic was traveling through a construction zone at about 10 mph and that the tractor-trailer at the rear was traveling at about 70 mph when the initial collision occurred.

(Source: Fred Gamble/KSLA News 12)
(Source: Fred Gamble/KSLA News 12)

The rear-most rig caught fire, destroying it.

Its driver has since been taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries authorities said did not appear to be life-threatening.

There’s no immediate word on whether any citations have been issued.

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