Interstate 35

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.

DPS trooper hospitalized after semi-trailer crashes into patrol unit

ABBOTT, Texas  A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper was hospitalized Sunday night after a big-rig crashed into their patrol unit.

The crash occurred just after 11:15 p.m. in the southbound lanes of Interstate 35 near mile marker 361, just north of Abbott, according to DPS Sergeant Ryan W. Howard.

Howard said the semi-trailer drove onto the shoulder and crashed into the trooper’s patrol unit, which was stopped off the roadway.

The trooper, who suffered head injuries, was airlifted but was speaking to first responders while on their way to Baylor Scott and
White Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco.

The trooper’s condition was not disclosed.

The investigation into the crash continues and charges are possible, Howard said.

The driver of the semi-truck was not hurt.