I-10 reopens after being shut down for hours due to big rig accident

A tanker fuel spill shut down I-10 in both directions at Pederson Road (David Foltyn)

November 16, 2011 5:17:56 AM PST
Authorities have reopened all lanes of the Katy Freeway at the Pederson Road exit after a big rig accident there yesterday.

Katy police say an 18-wheeler traveling eastbound crashed and ended up on the guardrail. The driver's diesel fuel tank ruptured, so crews had shut down both directions of the freeway betweet Pederson and Pin Oak Road to clean up the spill.

No reports of injuries were immediately made, but cleanup and repairs took hours, causing a massive backup on the highway during rush hour.

Crews reopened the westbound lanes at Pederson at around 5:45pm, but eastbound traffic was diverted to the frontage road hours after.

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