18-wheeler forced to go wrong way by HPD on I-45 NB after carrying too tall load, video shows

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Wednesday, May 17, 2023
18-wheeler carrying too tall load blocking I-45 NB at Allen Parkway
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The driver was unable to clear one of the overpasses, forcing HPD to escort the big rig the wrong way on the northbound lanes. The mess lasted about two and a half hours.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Traffic on I-45 northbound at Allen Parkway is flowing again after an 18-wheeler had been blocked the freeway for hours due to an oversized load that forced Houston police to escort it through town.

At about 8 a.m. Wednesday, the driver realized the big rig was unable to clear one of the overpasses. By about 8:30 a.m., the 18-wheeler was escorted the wrong way on the northbound lanes of the Pierce Elevated.

The big rig made a U-turn onto the Eastex Freeway exit ramp at about 10:20 a.m. and started making its way up to the North Loop. It eventually went back north on I-45 and traffic started flowing normally by 10:30 a.m.

This mess affected drivers heading into downtown from Clear Lake, Webster, and Texas City, as backups went for at least three miles.

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