The Dallas Fire Rescue and Police Department responded to a major accident involving a vehicle on fire early this morning in the 500 block of S. Masters Drive in the Pleasant Grove area.
According to officials, two vehicles were racing each other at high speeds along southbound Masters Drive. A vehicle was eastbound on Cushing Drive at the stop sign attempting to cross Masters Drive. As the vehicle entered the roadway, one of the racing vehicles struck the crossing vehicle. The driver of the crossing vehicle was ejected from the car before it caught fire. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The driver of the racing vehicle was transported from the scene with serious injuries. He has been identified as a 23-year-old male.
The second racing vehicle remained at the scene. Both drivers will be charged with racing causing death.
The innocent driver who died has been identified as a 45-year-old male.
The Dallas Fire-Rescue has released additional information on their firefighter who suffered serious injuries this morning during a fire.
At around 1:49AM, Dallas Fire-Rescue responded to a report of a structure fire at a building in the 2600 block of Walnut Hill Lane (northwest Dallas).
As one firefighter attempted to gain access to the building using hand tools, a part of the burning building and roof collapsed onto him, knocking him down and engulfing him in the flames.
He was able to crawl away from the flames. Additional firefighters came to his aid. He was transported to Parkland Hospital with serious injuries.
“He is being admitted to Parkland Hospital for an undisclosed time, after suffering significant injuries to his back, foot as well as some minor burns to his neck; all of which are non-life-threatening.” He is in stable condition, but has a long road to recovery.
He has been with Dallas Fire-Rescue for 28 years.
Here is a video of the incident which was tweeted to DFW Scanner by one of our followers. The video may be disturbing to some viewers. Luckily, he will be OK. A close call.
The Dallas Police Department responded to a major accident in the early morning hours of Thursday along Walton Walker (Loop 12).
At around 1:30AM in the morning, Dallas Fire-Rescue and Police all responded to a two-vehicle crash in the northbound lanes of Loop 12 near Keeneland Parkway.
According to police, a vehicle occupied by a 26-year-old man was stopped in the right lane of the highway. A second vehicle, occupied by a 20-year-old driver, was also northbound on Loop 12 and struck the rear of the stopped vehicle.
The 26-year-old occupant of the stopped vehicle was transported to Methodist Dallas hospital with major injuries, and died a short time later.
The 20-year-old driver stayed at the crash scene and was found to be under the influence of alcohol. He was subsequently arrested for DWI.
The Arlington Police Department is investigating a shooting in the 900 block of Benge Drive just off Cooper Street near the University of Texas Arlington campus.
Arlington police responded to the scene just after 4:30PM and located a teenaged victim with an apparent gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital, but pronounced deceased.
Detectives are in the process of collecting evidence at this time.
Officials do confirm the 16-year-old victim was a student at an Arlington ISD high school.
Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to contact the Arlington Police Department. “We are asking anyone with information to contact us so that we can identify and arrest the suspect, who we believe still has access to the gun that was used to commit this crime.”
Update – Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson confirms detectives have taken a male juvenile suspect into custody.
The Grand Prairie Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred earlier this morning around 12:30AM at the Forum at Grand Prairie apartment complex, 2650 S. Forum Drive.
Officers located an adult male in the parking lot with an apparent gunshot wound. He was transported to Medical City Arlington, but pronounced deceased. The victim has been identified as a 19-year-old male who lived at the apartment complex.
Grand Prairie PD does not believe it was a random encounter, and that the victim and the suspect may know each other. No arrests have been made in this case.
Contact the Grand Prairie Police Department if you have any information regarding this case.
As forecasters at the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth continue to analyze weather models and data ahead of a strong arctic cold front tomorrow, the threat for accumulating wintry precipitation as shifted towards the DFW Metroplex.
The National Weather Service indicates the chance of heavy wintry precipitation early Wednesday morning has shifted eastward. Because of this threat expanding east, Parker County, Denton County, and Tarrant County have been included in the Winter Storm WATCH.
A Winter Storm WATCH means conditions will be favorable for accumulating snow and ice in these areas. Travel impacts may be occur.
A strong cold front will sweep across our area tomorrow. Temperatures will dive throughout the day with precipitation beginning as rain tomorrow and transitioning into freezing rain / sleet overnight. We will have additional updates on timing as the cold front approaches.
Prepare for a potentially messy commute on Wednesday morning.
Several Texas Department of Transportation crews and municipalities are preparing for the chance of icy roadways in Dallas Fort Worth this week.
According to the National Weather Service, rain is expected to transition into freezing precipitation around midnight tomorrow night and into the early morning hours of Wednesday. It is around this time that ice or rain/snow mix may accumulate on elevated roadways and bridges. Temperatures will remain around or sub-freezing throughout Wednesday and Thursday, prolonging any impacts.
“TxDOT crews are hard at work this morning treating roadways in preparation for freezing temperatures this week,” tweeted the TxDOT Dallas Office. “Give them plenty of room to work.”
Some cities, like Carrollton, are also using vehicles to pretreat bridges and overpasses, just in case. “If cold conditions and precipitation persist over a longer duration and ice begins to form, crews will respond by implementing sanding operations plan for the higher traffic areas, as well as bridges and overpasses.”
If the current forecast holds true, drivers should expect a messy commute on Wednesday morning, and possibly even Thursday morning. As everyone knows with Texas weather, take it with a grain of salt, but be prepared just in case the roadways are impacted.
We will be publishing updated information and forecasts throughout the day tomorrow. Stay tuned for the latest information.
A Dallas Fire Rescue ambulance stolen from Dallas Fire Station #53 earlier this evening has been recovered outside of Shreveport, Louisiana.
According to officials, paramedics at Dallas Fire Station #53 discovered the ambulance had been stolen shortly after being dispatched to a 9-1-1 call.
DFR utilized multiple tracking methods to locate the ambulance, which was spotted traveling eastbound into the state of Louisiana.
The Louisiana State Police were able to stop the stolen ambulance in Bossier City just outside of Shreveport. It is unknown if the driver evaded police.
The female driver was taken into custody.
“The Dallas Fire-Rescue is in the process of confirming and reviewing the circumstances surrounding the theft, and will use that information to determine what corrective actions and or disciplinary measures will be taken,” says Jason Evans, spokesman for the department.
Texas DPS is urging drivers to use extreme caution when driving while fatigued or sleepy after a crash that fatally injured a driver in Hill County earlier this week.
Multiple emergency responders were called to the scene along Highway 174 near Hill County Road 1130 in Blum (Hill County) on Tuesday evening at 5:45PM.
Troopers say a sedan was traveling northbound on Highway 174 when it left the roadway, crashed into a culvert, and overturned into another culvert with water.
The driver was airlifted to JPS Hospital in Fort Worth via CareFlite. Police say the driver was critically injured in the crash. According to law enforcement, the initial belief is that the driver was possibly fatigued.
“If you feel sleepy, stop driving. Fatigue affects your reaction time, judgement, and vision, and can potentially lead to a crash,” says Sgt. Ryan Howard with the TX DPS.