Monday, September 11, 2017

Huge Crane Involved In Fatal Dallas Crash

The city of Dallas’ plan to remove a Confederate statue suffered another tragic setback.

The statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was supposed to be removed last week but the heavy tools and equipment needed to do the job had actually been moved to Houston to help with Hurricane Harvey cleanup.

A crane was on its way back to Dallas Sunday when it was involved in a deadly crash just south of Downtown Dallas.

According to T.C. Broadnax, Dallas’ city manager, it appears the driver of a tractor-trailer was speeding, ran a red light and hit the heavy-duty crane at the intersection of Linfield Road and SM Wright Freeway.

The truck driver did not survive.

“Our condolences are going out to the family of the semi-truck driver. At this time the city is again feeling a little sad this evening about the incident that occurred,” Broadnax said.

The crane’s driver was not seriously hurt.

The statue’s removal will be delayed again because of the crash.

“We’re going to regroup and figure out how to proceed tomorrow after we spend some time assessing the current situation,” Broadnax said.