Southwest Freeway reopens after 18-wheeler spills animal waste in Sugar Land

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The Southwest Freeway in Sugar Land is back open after an 18-wheeler lost a load of animal waste in the northbound lanes at Williams Trace Tuesday morning.

Sugar Land police say the incident happened around 8:30 a.m. and had the freeway closed until noon while TxDOT crews worked to clean up the mess.

The driver of the 18-wheeler did not stop.

According to witnesses, the 18-wheeler's trailer was secured at the top, but there may have been structural problems, allowing the waste to get out.

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An ABC13 viewer shared video of the moment he passed by the animal guts on the freeway.

Police say they have called the company out of Franklin, Texas, that owns the 18-wheeler.

It may face a fine for an unsecured load.

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Animal waste spill causing backup on Highway 59.

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