18-wheeler fire shuts down IH-10 in both directions near FM1442 in Orange County

ORANGE COUNTY, Texas - An 18-wheeler fireshut down the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 in Orange County Monday afternoon.

A DPS trooper on the scene told 12News the interstate shut down in both directions, and it could take several hours to clean up.

The wreck happened just east of FM 1442 at about 2:15 p.m.

DPS said preliminary reports indicate that a semi-trailer was traveling eastbound on I-10. For an unknown reason, the driver lost control and struck a concrete barrier. The impact of the collision caused the truck tractor to catch fire.

The 18-wheeler was hauling filters, according to DPS.

The driver of the 18-wheeler, 51-year-old William Smith Jr. of Maryland, was transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth hospital with minor injuries.

As of 4 p.m., all eastbound and westbound traffic lanes of I-10, near the FM 1442 exit, were closed.

Motorists were being diverted to the access roads while emergency crews work to extinguish the fire. There is no time estimation as to when the roadway will reopen to traffic. DPS said drivers should find an alternate route.

DPS said this is an ongoing crash investigation as troopers work to determine the exact factors that contributed to the crash.

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