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HOUSTON-- A northeast Houston freeway has re-opened hours after a tanker truck crashed and exploded.

Authorities say the driver was killed in the wreck on the Eastex Freeway east of Bush Intercontinental Airport and hazardous material crews have been trying to determine the nature of the cargo.

According to Houston TranStar, the crash was first reported around 4:19 a.m. just north of Beltway 8. The driver of a tanker truck lost control and rolled his big rig near Will Clayton, police said.

The resulting fire shut down the northbound side of the freeway. It was contained after more than an hour, but it took nearly eight hours for all the main lanes to reopen.

The wreck was near the east interchange on the Eastex Freeway, also known as U.S. 59, that leads to Houston s main airport.

The driver of the truck was not identified.

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