18-wheeler crashes into Bellmead car wash

18-wheeler crashes into Bellmead car wash
18-wheeler crashes into Bellmead car wash
Posted at 12:54 AM, Jan 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-19 10:02:49-05

Waco police said a medical episode led to a crash involving an 18-wheeler in Bellmead early Friday morning.

The vehicle hit two metal light poles, another vehicle and crashed into the carwash at the Bellmead H-E-B, police said. Gallons of fuel were spilled when the 18-wheeler crashed.

The driver, a 69-year-old man, was taken to Baylor Scott and White Hillcrest Hospital with serious injuries but police say he is expected to be ok. 

Witnesses said the driver of a semi-truck ran off the road on northbound Interstate 35, through the intersection with Frontage Road and Highway 84 and into the H-E-B gas station's car wash just before midnight.

Witnesses said they heard a boom and saw smoke coming from the top of the car wash. The witnesses ran over and got the driver of the semi out and started giving him CPR before first responders arrived.

Several signs were knocked down along the semi's path and debris was scattered across the road.

Waco police records said the call initially came in as a crash into a light pole.

Bellmead police, Waco police, Bellmead and Waco Fire Departments responded to the scene. A hazmat crew was also there to clean up the spilled fuel. 

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