Arlington man killed in Johnson County highway wreck

A man died early Saturday when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving and hit a tractor-trailer on a rural Johnson County highway, according to the Department of Public Safety.

DPS spokesman Dub Gillum said the 33-year-old man from Arlington was driving north on Texas 174 south of Cleburne about 4:30 a.m. when he struck a guardrail and the SUV spun out of control. The vehicle struck the side of a southbound tractor-trailer and kept spinning. The driver was ejected, struck the pavement and died at the scene, Gillum said.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was “shook up,” Gillum said, and treated and released from a Cleburne hospital.

The trailer was leaking fluids off the bridge into the creek below the crash scene, Gillum said, and a HAZMAT was still cleaning the spill hours later, he said. At 9 a.m., both lanes of Texas 174 remained shut down.

A fire truck from the nearby town of Rio Vista was parked to block the roadway and divert traffic south of the crash scene, but a man driving a pickup crashed into it, Gillum said. No one was in the fire truck, and there were no injuries from that collision, Gillum said.

Mark David Smith: 817-390-7808, @MarkSmith_FWST