Truck crash spills several tons of raw chicken, shuts down Highway 288


by Jacqueline Crea / KHOU 11 News

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 3:58 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 13 at 7:02 AM

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HOUSTON -- No serious injuries were reported, but an overnight crash that shut down Highway 288 left behind a big mess to clean up.

The crash was reported around 11:15 p.m. Thursday, according to Houston TranStar.

Houston police said a truck driver was traveling eastbound on the South Loop when he started to take the ramp to Highway 288 southbound. The driver said he swerved to get back onto the loop, but he lost control.

The big rig went down an embankment and into a grassy area. The trailer hit a concrete pillar, causing it to bust open. Several tons of  raw chicken giblets spilled into the roadway.

A hazmat team was called in to deal with fuel that spilled onto the road as well.

The truck’s driver was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

For a while, both directions of 288 were shut down. As of 7 a.m. the southbound lanes of the freeway remained closed.

I-45 South was also shut down overnight following a crash that killed two people.


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