Loop re-opens for drivers after 18-wheeler wreck

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An 18-wheeler wreck forced responders to shut down Loop 287 around the U.S. 59 North intersection.

Both the east and westbound lanes were closed for hours Saturday morning. The westbound lane re-opened around 1:30 pm, and the eastbound lane was cleared shortly after 3:00 pm.

According to Corporal Trent Sobolewski, driver Marshall Dukes, 47, of Baytown, Texas was traveling southbound on Highway 59, and failed to control his speed when taking the interchange to get on the loop.

His big rig lost control and flipped on its side, blocking the eastbound lane. Lufkin Police and Fire, along with Hazmat and Easley's wrecker service arrived on the scene shortly after.

Officials say no chemicals were spilled, and the scene was contained within a few hours of the accident. Police said the loop had to remain closed so responders could investigate the area, and make sure there were no substances leaked.

Dukes was taken to a Lufkin hospital, and was treated and released for minor injuries. Police say he will be cited for failure to control his speed.

Once again, drivers can now resume normal travel on the loop, as the roads have been cleared.