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Woman's SUV goes 'airborne' in Dallas; I-30 traffic jam results

A traffic jam that stretched across Grand Prairie Thursday started to unwind around 9 a.m., but a woman was hurt in an usual multi-vehicle wreck that caused the jam, officials said.

The woman's Ford Escape "went airborne" in the wreck and landed on its roof, said Kim Leach, spokeswoman for Dallas County Sheriff's Office.

The accident, which involved at least three vehicles, was reported about 7:35 a.m. on eastbound Interstate 30 near the intersection with Loop 12, said Sherry Lopez, spokeswoman for Dallas Fire-Rescue.

Leach explained that the driver of a Dodge car braked to avoid hitting another car when traffic abruptly stalled. But a gray Ford Escape that was behind the Dodge went out of control and somehow "went airborne," Leach said.

The sports utility vehicle struck a white Toyota Camry, Leach said. She added, however, that the driver of the SUV was the only one hurt. She was taken to Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Lopez said; her medical condition at the hospital was unavailable.

Wreckage on the interstate, however, forced a traffic jam that stretched about five miles across Grand Prairie, nearly to the boundary with Arlington, according to

Grand Prairie firefighters also responded to a wreck at 7:42 a.m. Thursday on I-30 at MacArthur Boulevard, said Lt. Jason Farris of the fire department's EMS division. It was unclear if that incident was related to the traffic jam.