3 Dallas-area firefighters hurt when big rig hits firetruck

IRVING, Texas - Police say three Dallas-area firefighters have been hurt and a trucker killed when his 18-wheeler hit a stopped ladder truck at a DWI wreck scene.

Irving police Officer Steve Burres says the firetruck rolled after being hit early Sunday. The tractor-trailer rig ended up on its side and caught fire along Highway 183.

Burres says three firefighters, who were thrown from the firetruck, were transported to a hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

Police say the 55-year-old trucker, Ilian Lalev, died at the scene. Authorities believe he may have had a medical issue before the accident.

Burres says a man suspected of drunken driving was arrested in the original single-vehicle accident. Another driver who hit a stopped patrol car at the site also faces a DWI count.

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