Teen dies from injuries in I-30 wreck involving stolen SUV, 18-wheeler

A teen died Monday afternoon from injuries he received in an early-morning wreck on Interstate 30 in Arlington.

Marcos Ruiz, 17, died at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, said Tiara Richard, police spokeswoman.

The wreck involved a stolen sports utility vehicle that collided with a jackknifed 18-wheeler on the interstate, police officials said.

The unidentified driver of the SUV, 16, tried to run from the wreck, but was arrested, Richard said. He was treated for minor injuries, she said.

Another passenger in the SUV, Renee Escalante, 17, was in stable condition at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital.

"Officials learned that he has an outstanding warrant for his arrest out of the Texas Youth Commission," Richard said. "He has non-life-threatening injuries and is now in police custody."

The driver of the big rig, Edwin Manning, 58, is in stable condition at Arlington Memorial.

Ruiz was taken by CareFlite helicopter to JPS, where he died at 3:49 p.m., according to the Tarrant County medical examiner's office.

The wreck happened shortly after 6 a.m. on I-30 near the Lamar Boulevard/Cooper Street exit, Richard said.

Traffic was throttled in both directions on the interstate for about six hours until the wreckage was finally cleared.

Officers say they believe the truck driver, who was hauling produce for Aldi stores, somehow lost control of the rig and crashed into the concrete highway median.

The trailer of the truck fell onto the SUV, which was reported stolen from an Arlington home Monday morning, Richard said.

"The driver of the stolen SUV managed to get out of the vehicle and attempted to leave the scene," she said. "That juvenile was arrested and charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and failure to stop and render aid."

Rescuers worked for about 45 minutes to free the other two teens from the wreckage, Richard said.

"At this point, it is unclear what caused the accident," she said, "but officers continue to investigate the crash."

Equipment operators from the Texas Department of Transportation helped to remove cargo from the trailer to facilitate wreckage removal, said Holly Hughes, TxDOT spokeswoman.

Earlier, cardboard boxes spilled from the enclosed trailer as wreckers with cranes and hoists worked to bring it upright.