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Pickup strikes fire truck in aftermath of 18-wheeler wreck that closed Interstate for 9 hours in Orange

The interstate re-opened at about 2 a.m. Tuesday.

ORANGE, Texas — A wreck involving several cars and an 18-wheeler shut down the interstate in Orange for nearly nine hours starting early Monday evening.

The crash happened near the Simmons overpass on I-10 Monday evening just after 5 p.m. 

An 18-wheeler flipped and drove off the side of the interstate and dropped several feet down into the opposite lanes of traffic.

The wreck clean-up along with a diesel spill kept the lanes shut down until about 2 a.m. Tuesday morning.

During the cleanup late Monday night the driver of a pickup truck struck a stopped firetruck near the scene of the wreck. No firefighters were injured but the driver of the pickup was taken to the hospital.

From a Texas Department of Public Safety news release: 

At this time, all eastbound and westbound traffic lanes of Interstate 10, at mile marker 879, in Orange County are closed due to an overturned commercial motor vehicle.  There is a diesel spill from a ruptured fuel tank on the overturned vehicle.Troopers and other emergency personnel are on scene; therefore, crash details are extremely limited.Motorists are urged to avoid the area and find an alternate route. Expect delays 

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