Truck driver escapes fiery crash south of Dayton

An 18-wheeler was destroyed by fire Thursday on SH 146 south of Dayton. The truck was involved in a single-vehicle crash.

By Vanesa Brashier,

A truck driver survived a fiery crash Thursday on SH 146 south of Dayton near between CR 4922 and FM 1413.

According to Dayton Police Officer Joe Myers, the 18-wheeler was traveling north on SH 146 around 10 a.m. when the trailer got off on the soft shoulder of the road, causing the driver to lose control of the truck.

“He was hauling for Adams Trucking. He had one of those big 69,000-pound coils of steel on the trailer. When he lost control, it caused the load to shift, which caused the trailer to load, which caused the truck to roll,” Myers said. “A hole was knocked in the truck’s diesel tank and it caught on fire.”

The truck was completed destroyed by the fire, but the driver was able to escape serious injury. He reportedly was checked out by medics on the scene and refused to be transported to a hospital for further evaluation.

Traffic on SH 146 was brought to a halt while firefighters from Dayton VFD extinguished the blaze. Liberty County Hazmat assisted with the cleanup and Smith Towing of Cleveland removed the vehicles.

The scene was cleared from the roadway around 3:30 p.m.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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