FOREST HILL — A 55-year-old man was killed Tuesday afternoon when he was thrown from his truck that jumped a retaining wall and crashed in front of oncoming traffic, police said.
Interim Police Chief Dan Dennis said the man, who was not identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The wreck occurred about 5:15 p.m. in the 5300 block of Southeast Loop 820 near Mansfield Highway.
Traffic was backed up for miles as emergency personnel worked to clear the scene, Fire Chief Ed Henderson said.
According to Dennis, the driver of a red 2007 Ford F-150 suddenly crossed three westbound lanes, struck a guardrail and went over a concrete barrier. He said the vehicle rolled and landed upside down in an eastbound lane.
No one else was involved in the crash.
Dennis said there was no obvious reason why the driver had suddenly crossed three lanes of traffic, adding that the driver may have been speeding.
The Police Department asks that anyone who may have witnessed the accident contact Detective Winters at 817-531-5250.
— Marty Sabota