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Big rig smashes through parking lot

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DECATUR, Texas -

There were scary moments for people in a fast food restaurant parking lot Tuesday evening. An out-of-control big rig came barreling towards them after swerving off the highway.

Just before 5:30 p.m. the 18-wheeler from Oklahoma swerved off Highway 287 South in Decatur onto the embankment and into the parking lot of Panda Express.

It hit a tree, which slowed it down and tore it into half a dozen pieces. The truck also jack-knifed and hit a Chevy Cobalt with a woman who was waiting on food inside.

"It sounded like a bunch of cars getting shattered," said Doug Mills, a witness.

"He would've gone into that restaurant. Or if he hadn't slowed down and hit that tree, there's a possibility he might've hit the gas station behind us," added Chief Rex Hoskins with the Decatur Police Department.

Police said the trucker had called his wife a few minutes before the crash complaining about losing consciousness. She called his company, Oakley Transport, who called state troopers.

The Department of Public Safety issued a notice to all police departments at about the same time the truck crashed, police said.

Witnesses inside Panda Express tried to help the man, but waited for paramedics because he appeared to have head and neck injuries.

He was flown to a local hospital in an unknown condition.

The woman whose car was hit only suffered minor injuries.

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