Rig driver crashes after swerving to avoid transients

Authorities are on the scene of an accident involving a big rig on the Eastex Freeway near Minute Maid Park. (Photo: John Mizwa)

October 5, 2010 7:30:32 AM PDT
An accident involving an Oak Farms Dairy truck shut down all southbound lanes on Highway 59 for several hours this morning. The accident happened just after 4am on the Eastex Freeway just past I-10 East. The driver told Eyewitness News he saw four people trying to cross the freeway and swerved to avoid them. He hit the guardrail, skidded about 50 yards and ruptured the fuel tank. Authorities say at least 50 gallons of fuel spilled on the freeway.

"Four transients were crossing the freeway. He swerved to miss them. He wasn't sure if there was any traffic to his left so he swerved to his shoulder," said R.W. Bymaster with the Houston Police Department. "What he did, he lost control and the barricade and slammed into the wall where he came to rest now."

The driver was not injured in the accident.

The wrecked rig was moved from the scene just before 7am. TxDOT sand trucks worked quickly to soak up the diesel on the roadway. The freeway was reopened just after 7am.

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