A Dallas firefighter died Monday night after he fell about 40 feet from an icy overpass onto a bridge below.
It happened in Southwest Dallas as firefighters and other emergency crews were at the scene of an accident on Spur 408 where it passes over Interstate 20.
Initial reports indicated a passing car slid on the ice and hit the firefighter, forcing him over the side of the bridge.
Dallas Fire-Rescue identified the firefighter as 40-year-oldÂ Â William Scott Tanksley.
Tanksley was a 14-year veteran firefighter with Dallas Fire-Rescue assigned to Fire Station 12. He was killed while assisting in a motor vehicle crash.Â
He fell onto the ramp from Spur 408 to eastbound I-20.
“A lot of people got out of their cars,” said witness Antuanette Parram. “He was just laying there.”
She said the fireman — in uniform but not wearing a helmet — was face down and unresponsive.
Fellow rescuers initially called for a CareFlight air ambulance, but weather conditions were too poor to fly. The fireman was rushed by ground ambulance to Methodist Central Hospital in Dallas where he was pronounced dead upon arrival, according to Dallas Fire-Rescue.
“There was nothing we could do,” Parram said.
Tanksley leaves behind a wife and three children.
“Dallas firefighters and officers have shut down Interstate 20 at Spur 408 after a serious crash has caused major traffic delays.
Dallas Fire-Rescue has reported that one of its own firefighters was injured, and has been rushed to Methodist Dallas Medical Center.
The firefighter fell of a bridge near I-20 at Spur 408 in southwest Dallas, according to initial reports.Â The firefighter’s condition is unknown as this time.
Dallas Police Department, Dallas County Sheriff’s Office and Dallas Fire-Rescue have shut down I-20 at Spur 408.
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DALLAS â€” A firefighter was fatally injured Monday night after either falling or being being knocked from an icy overpass by a vehicle in Southwest Dallas.
According to initial information, the firefighter was working at the scene of an accident at the intersection of Interstate 20 and Spur 408 when that individual tumbled to the pavement below. There were reports the firefighter may have been hit by a vehicle.
Emergency vehicles had a difficult time reaching the scene because icy conditions were slowing traffic, and a helicopter ambulance was not an option due to the unfavorable weather.
The victim was taken by ground ambulance to Dallas Methodist Medical Center for treatment. Multiple sources confirmed the firefighter’s death to WFAA, but as of late Monday night there had been no official confirmation.
WFAA’s Rebecca Lopez and TanyaEisererÂ contributed to this report.