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Fatal accident shuts down LBJ, survivor talks to FOX4

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Two people were killed Tuesday morning in a major accident involving a dump truck on Interstate 635 in Dallas.

The dump truck was traveling westbound and for some reason jumped the median near Marsh Lane, landing in eastbound traffic. Officials remain unsure of what caused the driver to go over the barricade.

A spokesman for the LBJ Express Project said investigators are looking into the possibility that there was a stalled car the truck may have tried to avoid.

Dallas police say the driver could face a charge of criminally negligent homicide. The case will go to a grand jury.

Video from SKY 4 showed two crushed cars partially under the truck.

The two people in the white Lexus were killed. Daniel Cerean, 40, the driver who was trapped in the silver Camry, was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and only got bumps and bruises.

The freeway was shut down in both directions for hours and didn't reopen until late Tuesday afternoon. Traffic was also backed up on Interstate 35 and the Dallas North Tollway.

A hazmat team was called to the scene to clean up fuel that spilled from the truck.

"I don't remember hitting anything at all. Next thing I know I'm lying underneath a big old truck," said Cerean.

Dallas Fire Rescue used the jaws of life to get him out of his car.

Andy Ritter, spokesman for the LBJ Express Project, says the truck is owned by Rizo Trucking, a subcontractor.  He said it was not hauling a load as it traveled eastbound. Suddenly, it jumped the median and landed on top of the white Lexus carrying TD Mullikin, Jr., 83 and his wife Charlyn, 81 of Trophy Club.

"My heart goes out to the family. They were so close and I know they'll have a lot of good memories, but it's still just very sad," said Paula Pettitt, a neighbor.

Incredibly, Cerean went home to his wife and 8 kids with no broken bones. He only had a few scratches on his arms and legs.

"I can't leave my kids alone. I cant leave my wife and my kids. I cant do that," said Cerean.

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