HARDIN COUNTY, Texas — An overturned 18-wheeler led to the temporary closure of part of U.S. 69.
US 69 was shut down between FM 421 and the Kountze, Silsbee split due to an overturned 18-wheeler that was spilling fuel in the road, Lumberton Police Chief Danny Sullins told 12News. Drivers were asked to use alternate routes.
The driver of the 18-wheeler sustained multiple injuries and was taken to a hospital, but is expected to be OK.
Lumberton officers and crews with the Beaumont Fire Department were able to eventually stop and contain the spill. A truck arrived later at the scene to offload the fuel.
After the fuel was offloaded, crews began the process of transferring the gasoline over to the other truck.
After the gasoline was transferred, wreckers took the 18-wheeler out of the ditch. Crews cleared the crash around 3 a.m. Saturday morning.
At this time, it is unknown what led to the incident.
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From a TxDOT release:
Due to a crash involving an overturned vehicle, US69 north and southbound is closed between SH421 and the US69/96 split. Please use an alternate route.