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When tractor trailers and fire trucks collide

It's not necessarily the end of danger after the fire trucks and other first responders arrive at the scene of an accident. As Denise Blaz reports for Fire Rescue 1, Interstate 20 in Abilene, Texas, was the site of a tractor trailer accident when a big rig came along and smashed into an Abilene Fire Department fire truck.

When tractor trailers and fire trucks collide

It's not necessarily the end of danger after the fire trucks and other first responders arrive at the scene of an accident. As Denise Blaz reports for Fire Rescue 1, Interstate 20 in Abilene, Texas, was the site of a tractor trailer accident when a big rig came along and smashed into an Abilene Fire Department fire truck.

Santa pulls man from burning wreckage in Dallas County, Texas

"It was a fireball and a lot of black smoke," says an eyewitness to the car crash, as Lauren Torrisi reports for ABC News, a crash which happened on I-635 in Dallas County, Texas, on Tuesday. Former volunteer firefighter Brad Luddeke was dressed up as Santa and heading somewhere to deliver presents for children in need when he saw the aftermath of the crash.

Santa pulls man from burning wreckage in Dallas County, Texas

"It was a fireball and a lot of black smoke," says an eyewitness to the car crash, as Lauren Torrisi reports for ABC News, a crash which happened on I-635 in Dallas County, Texas, on Tuesday. Former volunteer firefighter Brad Luddeke was dressed up as Santa and heading somewhere to deliver presents for children in need when he saw the aftermath of the crash.

Veteran police officer dies in motorcycle accident

She wants everyone to know that he wasn't drinking or riding his motorcycle recklessly. "The bike just started, we call it walking, the handle bars just started shaking and you could tell he was trying to turn it," says Toni Garcia, who had been driving behind her husband on their way home after an officers' Christmas party.

Veteran police officer dies in motorcycle accident

She wants everyone to know that he wasn't drinking or riding his motorcycle recklessly. "The bike just started, we call it walking, the handle bars just started shaking and you could tell he was trying to turn it," says Toni Garcia, who had been driving behind her husband on their way home after an officers' Christmas party.

This holiday season, drink and drive, face forced blood draws

Beware the Texas no-refusal policy: If you're a common motorist or a commercial truck driver and you've been drinking, refusing the breath test might not save you. In fact - and this is particularly relevant if you hate needles - your breath test refusal might just earn you a spot in line at the mobile unit to have your blood drawn.

This holiday season, drink and drive, face forced blood draws

Beware the Texas no-refusal policy: If you're a common motorist or a commercial truck driver and you've been drinking, refusing the breath test might not save you. In fact - and this is particularly relevant if you hate needles - your breath test refusal might just earn you a spot in line at the mobile unit to have your blood drawn.

December the month of anti-drunk driving campaigns in Texas

The Texas Department of Transportation has some new advertising for December. According to KBTX News, the ads will be placed everywhere: pint glasses, urinals, gas pumps. The ad will say, "Don't drive if you're tipsy, buzzed or Blitzen. Call a cab or get a sober ride home."

December the month of anti-drunk driving campaigns in Texas

The Texas Department of Transportation has some new advertising for December. According to KBTX News, the ads will be placed everywhere: pint glasses, urinals, gas pumps. The ad will say, "Don't drive if you're tipsy, buzzed or Blitzen. Call a cab or get a sober ride home."

Logging truck driver off the hook in fatal wreck

In terms of criminal liability, the driver of a logging truck is off the hook after his truck overturned, spilling the logs on board, which rolled into a nearby house and killed the 5-year-old boy inside. But when it comes to negligence in this commercial truck accident, this driver might be fair game in a wrongful death suit.

Logging truck driver off the hook in fatal wreck

In terms of criminal liability, the driver of a logging truck is off the hook after his truck overturned, spilling the logs on board, which rolled into a nearby house and killed the 5-year-old boy inside. But when it comes to negligence in this commercial truck accident, this driver might be fair game in a wrongful death suit.

Texting While Driving More Dangerous Than You Think

The problem of texting while driving has become more serious in recent years. Even just five years ago, texting and driving was not a commonly known issue. Many people, especially younger people like teenagers, do not realize the devastating consequences that can result from texting while driving. But local police departments and hospitals say that the issue of texting while driving comes up quite a bit in their line of work.

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