ARLINGTON, Texas — A police chase of a speeding 18-wheeler ended with a fiery crash here Friday afternoon.
DFW television station Fox 4 News said in early reports police in Fort Worth tried to stop the truck going eastbound on Interstate 30 but the driver didn’t stop.
The high-speed chase ended after the truck hit several vehicles before crashing on the side of the highway.
It is unclear if anyone was hurt.
Fox 4 News reported that officers had their guns drawn in the direction of the truck, indicating the suspect may be barricaded in the cab.
“We’re assuming there are possible weapons inside the truck,” Sgt. Marc Povero, Fort Worth police spokesman, said in an interview on CBS 11 shortly after the incident. “There is a SWAT team that will soon be on site. We can wait it out ... we want to see this end in a safe manner.”
Arlington police spokesman Steven Bartolotta said Fort Worth police officers were pursuing the tractor-trailer on eastbound I-30 when the crash happened.
Officer Bradley Perez, Fort Worth police spokesman, said the chase began on I-30 in Fort Worth near Montgomery Street, where the tractor-trailer “started hitting vehicles.”
The big rig, at times reaching speeds near 100 mph, hit more vehicles near the Beach Street exit, then again at Oakland Boulevard and Cook’s Lane before crashing just after the Cooper Street exit, according to a report by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Car parts and tire remnants were strewn along the I-30 and numerous MedStar ambulances responded to the crashes.
MedStar spokesman Matt Zavadsky said 12 injuries have been reported in five crashes, but none of the injuries were considered to be life-threatening.
He said the situation “could have been catastrophic” considering how fast the truck was moving as it weaved in and out of traffic along I-30.
Police believe the truck might have been stolen.
Arlington is located on Interstate 30 halfway between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas.