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Brief: Fiery 18-wheeler crash shuts down I-35 access road

Brief: Fiery 18-wheeler crash shuts down I-35 access road

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Brief: Fiery 18-wheeler crash shuts down I-35 access road
January 14
19:47 2013

Tim Cato / Senior Staff Writer

An 18-wheeler drove off of Interstate 35E around 1 p.m. Monday afternoon and fell on top of a passing car on the access road below. The vehicles caught fire after the impact, but both drivers were uninjured, Denton Fire Captain Heath Hudson said.

“The 18-wheeler left the highway, came through the barricade and landed on top of the service road,” Hudson said. “The truck driver was transported for precaution, but the lady in the car was not injured. There was nobody else involved.”

The 18-wheeler was not transporting anything at the time. A hazardous materials truck was present on the seat to clean up fluids from the crash site.

The cleanup lasted into Monday evening, keeping the I-35 access road shut down right past the Bonnie Brae intersection. However, the impact on the highway should be minimal, Hudson said.

“It shouldn’t have any effect on I-35,” Hudson said. “A remediation company is coming in here to clean up the diesel and hydraulic fluid that spilled and that will probably go on for quite a while this evening.”

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