NEW DEAL, Texas (AP) — The driver of a commercial truck carrying car batteries has been airlifted to an area hospital after a highway crash.
Texas Department of Transportation spokeswoman Dianah Ascencio says the driver hit the left-side guardrail on southbound Interstate 27 outside Lubbock. The truck fell into the overpass and spilled the car batteries it was carrying.
It took firefighters and rescuers about 45 minutes to pull the driver out using a "Jaws of Life." The driver was airlifted to an area hospital. Randy Teeter, the fire chief in New Deal, said he didn't know the driver's condition, but did not believe his injuries to be critical.
Crews were still working Monday evening after the driver was rescued to clean up the batteries.