Video: 18-wheeler crashes onto highway


Video: 18-wheeler crashes onto highway

A US highway CCTV video has emerged, showing the moment a huge 18-wheel lorry blasts through a guardrail at a turnpike and crashes onto a road below.

The shocking accident occurred on the President George Bush Turnpike, near Dallas, Texas on Saturday afternoon, with the huge articulated lorry bursting into flames after falling 30 feet onto the tarmac.

Sadly the driver, 59-year-old James Anthony Long from Tennessee, was killed. However, due to the light traffic levels at the time of the incident no one else was injured.

The crash left the Turnpike in devastation, with drivers having to take evasive action to avoid being hit by the out-of-control artic. A number of motorists stopped to help the stricken driver, but due to the flames that quickly engulfed the cab, their efforts were fruitless.

The road was closed to traffic in both directions over Saturday night and opened again on Sunday morning.

It is not yet known what caused the lorry – which was carrying ceramic tiles – to veer off the road. Investigators are also still attempting to determine exactly how the unfortunate driver died.

Click play below to watch the CCTV footage of the accident.