Crashes, Standoff Shut Down Dallas Highways

Police and fire on scene of wreck
Police and fire on scene of wreck | Image by Matt Gush/Shutterstock

It was a dicey day for Dallas drivers on Wednesday morning as multiple collisions and a police standoff hampered rush-hour traffic.

Dallas Fire-Rescue units responded to reports of a multi-vehicle collision on the Dallas North Tollway near Belt Line Road at about 5 a.m. on February 14. The crash had involved an 18-wheeler and at least two other vehicles, according to WFAA.

Although the circumstances behind the collision are unclear, one person was known to have been injured and was transported to a local hospital. All northbound lanes of the Dallas North Tollway were shut down while crews cleared the scene, but all lanes were open again by about 7:30 a.m.

Earlier in the morning, the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a crash on eastbound I-20 at St. Augustine. At approximately 3:50 a.m., a Honda sedan reportedly ran into the back of a semi that was parked on the right shoulder. Two lanes of traffic were blocked for several hours, causing a back-up of traffic. The sheriff’s office did not say whether anyone was injured in the crash.

In a separate incident, deputies from Rockwall County pursued a suspect Wednesday morning from Royce City to Southeast Dallas before the chase came to a stop on I-635 near Elam Road. Footage from the Texas Department of Transportation acquired by Fox 4 KDFW shows what appears to be a standoff between the driver and police and the flattened tires on the suspect’s vehicle.

At around 7:30 a.m., both directions of 635 were shut down. The driver was later taken into custody, and the roads were reopened.

The identity of the driver and the events leading to the chase are currently unknown. The Dallas Express reached out to the Rockwall Sheriff’s Office but had not received comment as of publication time.

These incidents are the most recent of several early morning impacts on travel across the region. The Irving Police Department reported that officers responded to a fiery crash on southbound Loop 12 on February 13 that involved three vehicles, two of which were 18-wheelers, as previously reported by The Dallas Express.

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