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DPS trooper hit by semi released from hospital

The Department of Public Safety trooper who was hit by a semi-truck Friday was released from the hospital Friday evening, the DPS confirmed Saturday.

DPS says he has a sprained ankle, bruising on his ribs and back and a cut on the back of his head. The driver of the vehicle is in stable condition after being pinned in his vehicle as a result of the crash.

The multi-vehicle pileup in on Friday was partially captured in a dramatic video of an 18-wheel tractor-trailer slamming into the accident scene. The accident began as a two-car crash on Highway 84 in Lubbock County.

Police were investigating the crash when a semitruck traveling eastbound jackknifed and slid, coming to rest at the center median. Several more vehicles subsequently crashed into the truck as the area was under a dense fog advisory at the time.

A second 18-wheeler jackknifed to avoid a red SUV that changed lanes in front of it. The truck swerved off the road and rolled over on its side, striking several vehicles as it slid into a ditch.

Several law enforcement officers scrambled to get out of the way as the semi barreled off the road.

The truck hit a Texas state trooper and pinned another driver inside a pickup truck. A Lubbock Fire Department rescue team extricated the driver from the pickup truck.

Both the driver and the trooper were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

All in all, there were a total of five crashes, involving four semi tractor-trailers and four smaller vehicles.

The accidents occurred in the midst of a dense fog advisory for the area, causing a quarter mile or less of visibility. Drivers were advised to slow down to prevent injury.

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