Gulf Freeway shut down due to major accident

An accident between two big rigs caused a traffic nightmare on the Gulf Freeway.

August 15, 2010 4:35:19 AM PDT
The southbound lanes of the Gulf Freeway were shut down for hours following an accident involving two 18-wheelers. The accident happened around 6am near Scott. Authorities say two big rigs on the outbound lanes of I-45 got too close to each other and hit. When they struck, they caught fire.

One rig was carrying food service trays and the other had two Fed Ex trailers, carrying Trimethyl ammonium and Dimethylamine. Fire officials let the chemicals burn off and HazMat crews had to form a dike to contain the runoff.

There was a remediation crew on scene, collecting the water. EPA was also on scene monitoring the situation.

The freeway was finally reopened last night.