HOUSTON -- A big rig carrying a load of bleach overturned on the Eastex Freeway early Wednesday, snarling outbound traffic.
The crash happened at 3 a.m. near Lee Road, not far from Beltway 8.
Update: after more than 6 hours, this overturned semi is back upright!! Now being removed from Eastex Frwy North, traffic being diverted to feeder as crews clean up. All lanes to be back open shortly. #khou11 pic.twitter.com/wQGSmfa7Lw— Michelle Choi (@MichelleKHOU) December 27, 2017
As of 10:30 a.m. the truck was back upright, and the roadway was reopened shortly after.
Police said the crash happened when the semi slammed into another vehicle that was stopped in the middle of the freeway. The vehicle was stopped because it had been involved in an earlier wreck when it slid on the slick road and crashed into the concrete barrier.
When the truck hit the car, the driver had already gotten out. No injuries were reported.
The cleanup effort took more than sever hours, however, because crews had to offload the bleach in the cargo area before up-righting the 18-wheeler.
TRAFFIC ALERT: overturned semi carrying bleach causing traffic slowdown on Eastex Fwy, near Beltway. Officials say the semi crashed into a car sitting in the middle of road - that car had gotten into accident earlier bc of slick conditions. No one hurt, details #khou11 pic.twitter.com/mIyfXUmFd7— Michelle Choi (@MichelleKHOU) December 27, 2017
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