Posted: Jan 8, 2013 2:07 PM by Ben Lloyd - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Jan 8, 2013 6:50 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Two crane crews and the Texas Department of Transportation are working to remove an overhead sign brought down by an 18-wheeler that crashed this afternoon in the southbound lanes of Interstate 37 and Port Avenue.
According to police, the driver of a pickup truck told them he was driving in the left lane when he lost control on the slick road surface. He swerved into the wall, then into the larger truck, causing it to jackknife over the concrete median.
The impact crumpled the support of a highway sign for the downtown exits. One of the fuel tanks for the larger truck ruptured, spilling diesel on the southbound lanes of the interstate.
A police officer on the scene immediately called for firefighters to deal with burning fuel under the vehicle. Neither driver was seriously injured in the crash.
While the fire was out quickly, it is estimated the cleanup effort with continue until 3pm at least.
All traffic heading north and southbound between Nueces Bay and Crosstown Expressway is being diverted.
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