18-wheeler driver lucky to be alive

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - DPS officials say, the driver of an 18-wheeler is fortunate to be alive after falling asleep behind the wheel while crossing the 271 bridge westbound.

According to DPS, a witness saw the truck swerving and clip the railing causing a blowout. His right front wheel pulled him onto the shoulder, sending him over an embankment and down the other side where the truck crossed over the Interstate-20 entrance ramp and ended up on its side.

The driver was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

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