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6/27/06-Tyler

Woman Makes Frantic 911 Call To Get Semi Off The Road

A scary commute this morning for drivers along an East Texas highway.   Around 8 o'clock this morning, witnesses reported an 18-wheeler swerving on Highway 259 in Gregg County. A short time later, that 18-wheeler hit a pick-up truck, sending one person to the hospital.   Here is the 911 call a driver made, trying to get the 18-wheeler off the road.  

Caller: Erratic driver on Highway 259.

Dispatcher: Okay? Where at?

Caller: Oh my God, he just had a wreck. Oh my God.

Becky Austin of Diana was trying to prevent this wreck when she called 911.  

"I was calling 911 before he got hit to report the crazy driving of the diesel driver.  I was trying to get a license plate number so I could give it to 911.  He already ran 2 to 3 cars off the road from Diana," says Becky Austin, witnessed accident.

Becky says the semi was going south-bound on Highway 259 when it hit this pick-up truck. Investigators believe this sent the truck into the northbound lane being struck again by another semi.  

"The impact occurred there, the tractor trailer swerves running another vehicle off the road.  We have a total of 5 vehicles involved," says Trooper Darren Thomas, Longview DPS.

DPS Troopers gave the driver of the tractor trailer, Terry Truitt a field sobriety test... which he failed.  

"Right now he has been placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated. I don't have reason to believe there is alcohol involved but I do have reason to believe that he is under the influence of a drug or narcotic," says Trooper Thomas.

Becky says this is exactly what she didn't want to happen.  

"It's really upsetting and I knew somebody was going to get hurt that's why I was already calling 911 to try to get him off the road," says Becky Austin.

40- year old Norman McBride of Big Sandy was in the pickup that was hit. He was taken to Longview Regional Medical Center.

The driver of the semi, 46-year old Terry Truitt is in the Gregg County jail on felony intoxicated assault charges.

Karolyn Davis, reporting.  kdavis@kltv.com

 

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