08/06/2015 // JusticeNewsFlash // (press release)
Irving, TX – A driver of an 18-wheeler died after being involved in an accident on Texas 183 in Irving. The Star-Telegram reported that the crash occurred after the 18-wheeler collided with an aerial ladder fire truck. Three firefighters were seriously injured in the crash, police and fire officials said.
The truck driver, identified as 55-year-old Ilian Lalev, reportedly died at the scene. The cab of his 18-wheeler burst into flames not long after colliding with the fire truck. The accident was reported shortly after 4 a.m.
A patrol car that was working the crash was also hit minutes after the fatal accident by a motorist who was suspected of driving while intoxicated.
Officer Stephen Burres, an Irving police spokesman, stated of the fatal truck crash, “We don’t know if the driver managed to touch the brakes or not… We don’t know if the driver fell asleep or had a medical condition.”