Southwest Freeway reopens after overturned 18-wheeler caused messy morning commute

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021
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TRAFFIC ALERT: Your morning commute could be delayed as all lanes of the Southwest Freeway inbound at the SH-288 split are closed.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The Southwest Freeway has reopened after it was closed for over five hours Wednesday due to an overturned 18-wheeler, causing major morning commute delays.

The overturned big rig blocked all mainlanes of I-69 south at the SH-288 split.

The accident caused miles of backups for Houston drivers during the morning commute.

The freeway officially reopened around 8:45 a.m.

Video showed the 18-wheeler on its side, with two heavy wreckers at the scene. It appeared the 18-wheeler lost its load.

It's unclear what exactly led up to the crash.