Dump truck driver lost control, jumped off before series of crashes near Transmountain
Several people have been taken to the hospital following a multi-vehicle crash in northwest El Paso Thursday.
Police say the driver of a dump truck lost control of the vehicle and jumped out of it before the dump truck struck three vehicles on Transmountain Road.
One of the vehicles involved went into oncoming traffic and was hit by an 18-wheeler, police say.
The dump truck then continued on the Loop 375 (Transmountain) overpass, fell off of it onto I-10 west, hitting three more vehicles, according to police.
Anthony King witnessed the crash.
"I saw the front tires come out first The front tires spun around and then I looked up and the truck was just careening over the side," King said.
El Paso police say seven people are being treated for non life-threatening injuries.
"I was immediately praying for the man in the truck and the people on the ground," King said.
Emergency crews responded to the crash just before 1 p.m.
Dozens of crews were working at 4 p.m. to clean up oil, fuel and debris along the roadway.
Transmountain and I-10 in were closed for several hours but reopened just after 5 p.m.
Canutillo Independent School District officials said the crash delayed its bus and campus event schedules.
We will continue to update this article as more information becomes available.