Big rig accident shuts down N. Freeway

January 28, 2008 5:05:03 AM PST
Traffic was at a standstill for hours overnight on the North Freeway after the driver of an 18-wheeler jackknifed while carrying wine.The accident happened around 3am when an 18-wheeler rolled onto its side, apparently after blowing a tire just south of the Parker overpass. All northbound lanes of I-45 were shut down.

Luckily, no one was hurt but there are still a lot of fluids on the highway that crews are trying to clean up.

The truck belongs to Escargot Transport Services out of Houston. It was headed to Dallas from the Ship Channel when the tire apparently blew out. Officials immediately closed the freeway and say the accident could have been much worse.

"Considering the size of the tractor and the trailer, there were a lot of cars on the freeway, thought it was only 3 o'clock, we still had a lot of cars travelling northbound on the freeway," said Lt. John Zitmann with the Houston Police Deapartment accident division. "We are really fortunate when a jackknife like that, and all it did was bounce off the guardrail and the driver and the citizens were fine.

The truck was carrying a lot of bottles of wine. We spoke to the driver, Luis Condado. He says he's been a driver for at least 20 years and has worked for the company for about five months.

HPD's truck enforcement unit will come out to the scene to investigate the accident and help determine if the driver will be cited or not.

It took crews a couple of hours to clean up the mess, but the freeway was reopened just after 5:30am.

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