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Fiery truck crash causes gridlock in Wharton County

Two big rigs were involved in a fiery crash on Highway 59 near Wharton on Monday morning. While no injuries were reported, the incident caused a plume of black smoke and gridlock in the area.

WHARTON COUNTY, Texas -- Traffic remains slow in Wharton County on Highway 59 and Highway 60 after a major crash involving two tanker trucks.

The crash was reported before 9 a.m. in the southbound lanes of Highway 59 near County Road 221, shutting down the freeway in both directions.

Photos: Tanker truck fire shuts down 59 between Wharton and Beasley

As of 11:30 a.m. the northbound lanes had reopened, but the cleanup was still underway in the southbound lanes.

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Views from Air 11 show two trucks were involved in the incident, one with its cab burned up and the other with an impact to the rear of its tanker.

KHOU 11 viewer Brittney Holmes sent video from the scene shortly after the truck caught fire. The video showed flames and smoke billowing from the cab of the truck, but somehow the cab was not on fire. Some fuel spilled on the roadway, setting it on fire as well.

Witnesses said the driver of the burned big rig made it out safe.

Southbound drivers should use Highway 90 to Highway 60 to travel between Wharton and Fort Bend County, but be prepared for significant delays in the area.