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Truck driver who lost wife in fiery I-35 crash remains in burn center

Michelle Whitehead (left) died in the fiery crash that left her husband Sidney (right) badly burned.

WACO, Texas  Truck driver Sidney Whitehead, 46, who lost his wife Michelle when his 18-wheeler slammed into a parked dump truck on Interstate 35 and burst into flames remains in the burn unit of Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.

Whitehead and his wife were hauling a load of avocados when their 18-wheeler hit a construction dump truck parked in the interstate median just before 5 a.m. on Jan. 9.

Whitehead was taken first to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Waco and then was transferred to Parkland.

Whitehead was burned over 13 percent of his body.

“He has undergone two surgeries and is still not walking on his own,” his daughter said Monday.

Michelle Whitehead’s body was not discovered until after the truck and cab were towed to a nearby holding yard.

Her husband didn’t learn she was dead until after he’d been transferred to Dallas.

“It was a very difficult thing to tell him mom had died when he was in the burn unit suffering from injuries he received in the crash,” his daughter said.

His stay in the burn unit is expected to be a long one, she said.

Semi bursts into flames after striking empty charter bus on I-294

A semi burst into flames after it veered onto the shoulder of Interstate 294 and struck an empty charter bus parked on the side of the tollway Monday night, according to the Illinois state police.

The 37-year-old driver of the truck suffered minor injuries and was taken to Elmhurst hospital. No other injuries were reported, but the crash closed down lanes in both directions of the tollway near Berkeley, state police said.

Several lanes near mile marker 32.50 were blocked by emergency personnel but traffic was getting by on the left shoulder.

The accident happened shortly before 7 p.m. in the northbound lanes of the tollway.

No other details were immediately available.

A semi-truck heading east on Highway 1 went up in flames. UPS trailer destroyed by fire.

A semi-truck heading east on Highway 1 near Revelstoke went up in flames on Tuesday night.

Packages were destroyed in Tuesday’s truck fire east of Revelstoke.

One present will be missing under a tree in Calgary come Christmas morning — and many others will also likely be without gifts after a UPS truck fire on Tuesday night destroyed a load’s worth of parcels heading east from Kamloops.

The fire occurred on Highway 1, 32 kilometres east of Revelstoke.

The Krenz family of Kamloops thought shipping UPS was the safe choice due to rotating Canada Post strikes that could not guarantee delivery times.

“Then he [husband Jim] got an email saying the truck was destroyed, your goods are not insured and Merry Christmas.”

An email sent to the family from the UPS Store on Summit Drive in Kamloops states:

“We have been notified by UPS about an unfortunate accident that a UPS trailer was destroyed by fire. All packages were destroyed and unfortunately, your package to Calgary was one of them.”

Revelstoke Mounties were at the scene of the truck fire at about 8:30 p.m.

Staff Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky said the driver jumped from the moving truck, which caught fire after sparks were spotted beneath the dash. Minor injuries were reported and the truck and trailer blocked the Trans Canada Highway, halting traffic in both directions, for two hours. Alternating traffic continued until about 11 p.m.

All that remained of the commercial truck was a metal structure.

“Everything burned to the ground,” Grabinsky said.

When sending out notifications to its customers, UPS also informed the Krenz family they would not be compensated because the package was not insured.

“Unfortunately, packages which are not insured by the shipper will not be compensated,” the email states. “We understand your disappointment, but this incident is beyond anyone’s control.”

Krenz said the cost of shipping the $70 Christmas present would have cost nearly $50 with insurance, a cost that didn’t seem to make sense due to the value of the gift. While she understands UPS will not replace the package without insurance, Krenz wants to be refunded the $38 standard shipping fee for a parcel that never arrived and was, in fact, torched en route to its destination.

Krenz is also scratching her head over what to get her sister, with just five days before Christmas. Maybe flowers?

“It’s just disappointing because I’m not going to have time to send her anything else,” Krenz said.

Truck Driver Killed in Fiery Crash Near Terrell

The driver of an 18-wheeler was killed Tuesday night in a fiery crash that shut down Interstate 20 in Kaufman County, officials say.

The driver of an 18-wheeler was killed Tuesday night in a fiery crash that shut down Interstate 20 in Kaufman County, officials say.

According to a Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman, it happened when an 18-wheeler struck the back of another big rig that was stopped in traffic behind another crash near mile marker 505.

The driver of the trailing truck was killed. The driver of the 18-wheeler that was not injured, though the truck was consumed in flames.

Westbound lanes of I-20 were closed overnight as crews cleared the wreckage.

The identity of the deceased was not immediately released.

No further details were released.

Police are trying to figure out how this trucking company went up in flames

“I called Werner and I said, ‘I can’t deliver.’ And they said why. ‘Cause the building’s burning.’ What building? ‘The building I’m supposed to deliver it to.'”

The Minnesota State Fire Marshall is looking for the cause of a huge fire that destroyed a trucking company building along with multiple semi trucks yesterday.

The fire was reported just before 4:30 on Monday, November 26, at the Quade and Sons trucking facility in St. Paul Park, Minnesota.

Investigators say that the fire started in the truck repair shop and quickly spread to the rest of the building. Several witnesses reported hearing explosions coming from inside the building as either truck tires or propane tanks on forklifts blew up.

Truck driver James Ticheli was scheduled to drop off a trailer at the facility right after the fire broke out but soon realized that he would be unable to complete the delivery. “I called Werner and I said, ‘I can’t deliver.’ And they said why. ‘Cause the building’s burning.’ What building? ‘The building I’m supposed to deliver it to.

Six semi-trucks inside the building were destroyed and several others were damaged in the fire. The Quade and Sons facility is considered to be a total loss. “As far as the worst things I’ve seen, this is the worst thing I’ve seen,” Ticheli said.

No injuries were reported.

Around 50 firefighters from five different agencies responded to the blaze. They were able to put a stop to the fire before it reached the St. Paul Park Oil Refinery across the road.

The State Fire Marshall is actively investigating the cause of the fire.

The State Fire Marshall is actively investigating the cause of the fire.