Spokesperson for the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department has said that the sections fo the freeway were closed, and that deputies in the department were directing traffic around the fatal accident. Vehicle crimes units also responded to the scene along with rescue crews.
Initial reports were indicating that the crash was the result of a chase that began in Lewisville, but those reports were proven to be incorrect. Lewisville police stated that their department had sent an officer down to Dallas to pick up a prisoner around 10 a.m. Wednesday morning and that the officer was in a marked squad car.
As the officer was nearing the Inwood Road exit, he saw a car coming up behind him that was driving erratically, and the officer’s immediate thought was that the driver was driving the car while intoxicated.
In a release that was given to the media just before 12:30 p.m., the Lewisville police department said that the officer turned on his emergency lights and tried to stop the driver but the driver continued on, eventually striking a concrete barrier. After hitting the barrier, the suspect drove off at a higher rate of speed until he hit the back of a tractor-trailer.
The Dallas Observer reported in 2013 that Dallas has one of the nation’s highest rates of drunken driving deaths in the United States. The Dallas Observer further stated that: