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November 25, 2011

Firefighter injured in highway truck fire

SOUR LAKE —  

A volunteer firefighter was injured fighting a truck fire on a busy Southeast Texas thoroughfare.

Kimberly Huckabee, a Pinewood volunteer firefighter, was involved in a crash at 5:27 a.m. on Thursday at State Highway 105, three miles east of Sour Lake, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety press release. She was transferred to ICU after surgery on Friday. Her vitals are stable.

Troopers confirmed that an 18-wheeler traveling east bound on Highway 105 was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived on scene.  The press release stated it appeared the driver, Terry Dunaway of Beaumont, fell asleep at the wheel. 

Emergency officials decided to allow the 6,700 gallons of crude oil to burn itself out. Dunaway was taken to  Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont and was in stable condition. By Friday, he was treated and released.

Huckabee was hurt in several subsequent crashes.  

According to Trooper Wayne Simmons, traffic was being turned around due to the 18-wheeler fire when the firefighter was struck by another 18-wheeler.  

There were no evacuations.

State Highway105 was shut down in both directions until around 11 a.m. Thursday morning.

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