An accident involving three tractor-trailers on Hwy. 287 kept emergency personnel busy for more than four-and-a-half hours Thursday night and into Friday morning. To the amazement of those on scene, there were no major injuries.
Daniel Eugene Speers, 56, of Caddo, Okla., was traveling south on Hwy. 287 in a 2005 Peterbilt registered to Defour Petroleum of Petal, Miss. As Speers reached the old Myers Road exit, approximately one mile north of Henrietta, a 2006 Freightliner with two loaded trailers pulled out from the Myers Road exit across the southbound lanes to the Myers Road crossover.
Danny Wayne Hunt drove the Freightliner, registered to Old Dominion shipping of Thomasville, N.C., 60, of Iowa Park. The truck and trailers had left the Old Dominion shipping yard in Wichita Falls. After pulling over at the closed road, Hunt was attempting to turn around and go back north. The trailers were loaded with a variety of items, including food packaging material and diesel engines.
Speers, who was hauling propane, struck the front trailer, tearing it from the truck. Both rigs came to rest in the center median. On the northbound side of Speers’ truck was the Old Dominion tractor. On the southbound side, the rear trailer and most of the front trailer.
Wreckage from the accident covered a large area of both north and southbound lanes of traffic.
Tommy Joe Davis, 49, of Norman, Ark., was traveling north in a 2006 Freightliner pulling a flatbed trailer with large spools of cable when his truck struck some of the debris, damaging his radiator.
DPS Trooper Harley Rosenberger noted only one injury in the accident. Speers suffered a cut on his forearm. Rosenberger said Speers was covered in glass.
No one was transported to area hospitals.
The accident was reported at 9:32 p.m. Thursday. Cleanup crews finished up sometime after 2:30 a.m. Friday.