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Southwest Freeway reopens following big rig rollover crash

Houston police say the overturned 18-wheeler was carrying 48,000 pounds of sheet metal.

HOUSTON — The Southwest Freeway has reopened near Highway 288 after being closed due to a rollover crash involving a big rig Wednesday morning.

The crash happened just before 3:30 a.m. near downtown. As of 8:40 a.m., the southbound lanes have reopened.

Houston police say the overturned 18-wheeler was carrying 48,000 pounds of sheet metal.

The driver of the big rig appears to be OK. His mother told KHOU 11 News that the driver is talking to police. She said he started flipping at the bend and slid until it jackknifed on the Southwest Freeway near the Fannin Street exit.