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Driver escapes injury after flipping 18-wheeler

Feb. 12, 2013 at 5:04 p.m.
Updated Feb. 11, 2013 at 8:12 p.m.


The truck driver who crashed his tractor-trailer on Farm-to-Market Road 616 in Bloomington on Monday night escaped serious injury in the wreck.

James Joseph Tierney, 44, of Montgomery, was treated and released at Citizens Medical Center following the crash that occurred about 6 p.m. Monday in the 2700 block of FM 616.

He was driving a 2013 Freightliner towing a box trailer loaded with plastic pellets when the truck drifted into a guard rail about 1.72 miles southwest of U.S. Highway 87, said Department of Public Safety spokesman Trooper Gerald Bryant.

"He grazed the guard rail, struck the last post, veered, then struck the second set of guard rails," Bryant said.

The truck then went into a ditch and flipped on its side.

A diesel tank on the truck burst and dumped between 30 and 40 gallons of fuel into the ditch, said Victoria Fire Department Battalion Chief Shannon Martin.

The trucking company, Empire Truck Lines of Houston, cleaned up the spill.

Trooper Vern Sterry investigated the crash.

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