As a result of the accident, the truck overturned and began spilling its load of molten tar on the roadway. The driver of the big rig was transported by Fort Bend County EMS to Oak Bend Hospital where he was treated for his injuries and released. The passengers in the other vehicle were not injured. Details of the cause of the accident are still under investigation.
The main lanes of Highway 59 southbound remain closed Tuesday morning, with traffic being diverted to the feeder roads. Cleanup and evaluation of the roadway is being coordinated by TxDOT and is continuing. This work is expected to be completed and the roadway open later today. The current estimated time for reopening of the roadway is 5pm.