Highway 290 reopens after fiery 18-wheeler crash

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Highway 290 is back open after an 18-wheeler fire had it shut down for several hours Wednesday morning.

Highway 290 westbound is back open after a semi tractor-trailer crashed and caught fire. The incident had the freeway shut down for at least seven hours.

This happened on the Northwest Freeway at Mueschke.

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Eyewitness News reporter Jeff Ehling is on the scene as an 18-wheeler involved in a fiery crash is removed from the freeway.

The Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department says it received calls about an 18-wheeler on fire around 12:30 a.m.

Officials tell ABC13 they found that the tractor-trailer blew a tire, skidded along the freeway and hit a guardrail, rupturing the fuel tank. That caused the 18-wheeler to spill fuel and burst into flames.

Crews had to bring in a tanker and three extra units just to have enough water to extinguish the fire.

The driver escaped. He's okay after being evaluated by paramedics.

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An 18-wheeler is charred after it blew a tire and caught fire, causing a shut down on Highway 290.

Traffic behind the crash was diverted overnight.

We're told the truck was carrying furniture. Clean up crews had the freeway blocked until about 7:30 a.m.

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Eyewitness News reporter Jeff Ehling is on the scene where an 18-wheeler caught fire, shutting down the freeway.

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