El Paso Man Injured in Fiery Accident

El Paso Man Injured in Fiery Accident

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

CULBERSON COUNTY – One man was injured in a fiery accident in Culberson County.

The accident happened around 7 a.m. Wednesday morning on U.S. Highway 62/180, near Pine Springs, Texas.

DPS Troopers tell NewsWest 9, a 2006 Freightliner Truck Tractor hauling a semi-trailer was traveling eastbound on Highway 62/180 when the Freightliner failed to control speed while negotiating a curve.

The big rig and trailer left the roadway, passed through the south shoulder and into a bar ditch.

That's when the driver took faulty evasive action by overcorrecting to the left causing the vehicle and trailer to enter a straight skid and fell to the ground.

The trailer, which was a gasoline tanker, released about 8,500 gallons of unleaded fuel onto the surrounding area and caught fire.

The truck tractor and trailer caught on fire with the driver still inside.

The driver, 33-year-old Alberto Arzate of El Paso, was able to get out the vehicle with incapacitating injuries.

Arzate was taken to Salt Flat, Texas, and was airlifted to University Medical Center in Lubbock.

Arzate is currently listed in critical condition.

According to the Guadalupe Mountains National Park, the flames left behind a large wildfire in the area that threatened park employee housing and forced a temporary evacuation.

Officials from several volunteer fire departments were called in to fight the fire. A tanker aircraft was also dispatched to the area from Alamogordo.

The fire is 80 percent contained as of 11 a.m. and has burned more than 9 acres.