Southwest Freeway reopens after crews clean up fuel spill near Kirby

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on August 25, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Updated Sunday, Aug 25 at 5:49 PM

HOUSTON – The Southwest Freeway was closed for a few hours Sunday morning after an accident with an 18-wheeler led to a fuel spill on the roadway in southwest Houston, police said.

According to the Houston Police Department, a motorcycle rider traveling at a high rate of speed ran into the back end of a car at 2:45 p.m. on the Southwest Freeway near Kirby Drive. The rider was taken to the hospital in stable condition, while the two occupants of the car were not injured.

However, as HPD was investigating the scene of the accident, a Kroger 18-wheeler ran over the motorcycle, which was lying in the street that was not blocked off, police said.

The motorcycle became lodged underneath the 18-wheeler and was dragged for about 300 yards, police said. This caused the truck to leak oil onto the freeway.

Police had to shut down the inbound side freeway, while a Haz-Mat crew cleaned up the spill.

The driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured in the second accident, police said.

The freeway reopened after a few hours.

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