MIDLOTHIAN – A woman died and one man was injured when a semi truck rolled over early Friday morning.
The female passenger, 50-year-old Laurie Lynn Witmer, was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Judge Steve Egan and then transported to Dallas ME’s office, said criminal investigation division commander Capt. John D. Spann. The male driver, 50-year-old Wayne Ellis Melton, was transported to Dallas Methodist Central with injuries to his legs.
The accident occurred on the ramp from U.S. Highway 287 westbound onto U.S. Highway 67 southbound. The semi truck was traveling on the ramp when it overturned with Witmer, Melton and a dog in the cab, Spann said. The police department received the call at 5:47 a.m., he said.
“The accident investigator’s opinion was the tractor/trailer took the exit at too high a speed, hit the guard rail and rolled over, spilling its load,” Spann said.
The truck was carrying long pipes that spilled out onto the road and down the embankment of the ramp.
Midlothian Fire Department firefighters responded to the scene and called for assistance from Red Oak Fire Department for heavy rescue, Spann said. The driver was pulled from the cab. Firefighters did request air transport, but because of weather, they were not flying at the time, Spann said.
Police closed the ramp while the scene was cleared but highways 287 and 67 remained open.
“No other vehicles were involved," Spann said.
The trucking company of the semi truck the rolled was Dent Truck Lines out of Sweetwater, Texas.