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Truckers Leaps From Fiery Crash & Nightly Roundup


By BJ Austin, KERA News & Wire Services

Dallas, TX – A fiery three-vehicle crash left an 18-wheeler hanging off a freeway overpass and thousands of pounds of frozen chicken strewn across a highway in suburban Dallas.

No one was seriously injured in the crash, which happened Thursday afternoon on Texas 121 Lewisville when an 18-wheeler carrying 40,000 pounds of frozen chicken collided with a dump truck, which burst into flames.

Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Lonny Haschel says the tractor trailer then jackknifed across the highway and struck a third vehicle.

The truck, owned by a company called Leap of Faith, partially slid off the overpass. The driver leaped from the cab to safety before it slid off the highway.

The highway was shut down for several hours.

Mail Box Bombing Suspect Snagged

A 52 year old East Texas man is under arrest for allegedly planting pipe bombs in mailboxes.

Larry Eugene North was arrested yesterday in Tyler after being observed placing an explosive in a Tyler mail-collection box. Another device was found in his van.

North had been a "person of interest" in a series of pipe bombs found in mailboxes and at postal facilities in East Texas. Additional charges against him could be filed.

Dallas Dog Bowl Begins Sunday

Sunday is the annual "Dog Bowl" in Dallas. The Cotton Bowl in Fair Park will become a huge, leash-free dog park from 1-5 pm.

Craig Holcomb is with Friends of Fair Park.

Holcomb: This year there we will have a small dog area, so people who have small dogs can feel completely comfortable and they can have all that fun, too. There's nothing like watching dogs run and jump and run and jump and splash in the water.

Holcomb says there will be several "sip and dip" doggie pools. There will also be complementary pooch pampering services, such as teeth cleaning and nail clipping.

The afternoon includes musical entertainment, and contests for Pet and Owner "Look-A-Likes".

"Dog Bowl" is part of a series of year-round activities to bring people to Fair Park.

Texas Stadium Slated For Implosion

Final preparations are underway for Sunday's implosion of Texas Stadium.

11 year old Casey Rogers of Terrell will push the button. Kraft "Mac n Cheese" is sponsoring the implosion and chose Casey on the basis of an essay contest.

The home of the Dallas Cowboys for 38 seasons will come down at 7am Sunday morning. The four freeways surrounding it will be closed for the blast and while the dust clears - at least 30 minutes.

Spectators can park in Lot A for 25 dollars a car. The proceeds go to charity. Gates open at 2am. Space is limited.

At noon Friday, Alicia Landy, widow of famed Cowboys Coach Tom Landry, will host former players at the stadium's farewell luncheon.

Garland Man Guilty On Porn Charges

A Garland man is in custody after pleading guilty to child pornography charges. The judge declined to release him on bond to go "home" pending sentencing. 23 year old Jason Childs lives with his mother and helps her run a DAYCARE out of the house.

Prosecutors say a raid on the home last December found child pornography on the man's computer, with images of children as young as five.