If ever there were a prime example of guardrails saving lives, Wednesday’s tractor-trailor crash that snarled afternoon traffic on U.S. Highway 75 might be just such an one.
Around 3 p.m., a blue tractor trailer traveling south near the Tyson plant in Sherman crashed through the right-hand guardrail of the highway, bounced off the backside of the left-hand guardrail on the frontage road, and came to rest in the median separating the two roads.
Sherman police reported that witnesses said the truck’s 53-year-old driver appeared to be in medical distress prior to the accident. Initial signs pointed to a heart attack, but nothing has been ruled out, it was reported. The driver was found to have a pulse and was transported to a local medical facility. Officers said later that after treatment at the hospital, his condition was alert and responsive.
Authorities attempted to keep traffic moving Monday afternoon, but the task was difficult. Both lanes of southbound U.S. Highway 75 were littered with shattered pieces of wood — all that was left of dozens of guardrail posts that hours earlier stood sentry for just such an event.
“If there’s such a thing as a ‘good’ place for something like this to happen,” said Sgt. D.M. Hampton of Sherman PD, “this was the place.”