HFD: West Loop will remain shut down in both directions at Highway 59 until about 1 or 2pm

Both the northbound and southbound lanes of the West Loop at Highway 59 are shut down due to a big rig accident on the exit ramp.

June 4, 2013 7:40:09 AM PDT
Authorities have shut down the West Loop in both directions due to a big rig accident on the Highway 59 exit ramp earlier this morning.

The accident happened after 6am and the Loop could be shut down until 1-2pm today.

All traffic is being forced off the Loop at Evergreen on the northbound side. Authorities shut down the exit ramp from the Southwest Freeway to the southbound lanes of the West Loop just after 7am. Traffic is backed up for miles right.

Emergency and HazMat crews are on the scene. According to TxDOT, the truck is hauling methanol. Crews are not sure if the methanol or diesel fuel is leaking at this time. The truck is badly damaged and will have to be off-loaded before it can be uprighted.

According to the Bellaire Police Department, the driver is conscious and breathing. His condition is unknown at this time.

Authorities say there was no other vehicle involved in the accident.

Aside from the 610 Loop closure, officials have also closed Westpark Drive in both directions.

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