Lufkin loop reopened after traffic snarled by overturned 18-wheeler

Map showing detours (Photo courtesy: Google Maps)
Map showing detours (Photo courtesy: Google Maps)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Traffic is flowing normally after a portion of Loop 287 in northeast Lufkin was shut down from an overturned 18-wheeler Thursday evening.

Around 5:46 p.m., the big rig overturned while exiting Highway 59 southbound via the u-turn across from the Lufkin National Guard Armory, according to Lufkin Police.

First responders said the driver was uninjured.

Closed for more than two hours, the area was reopened to motorists around 8:30 as cleanup continued.

At one point Highway 59 southbound traffic from Nacogdoches was diverted onto North Timberland Drive (Business Highway 59), as the base of the off-ramp was blocked by the wreckage. Traffic was directed to make a u-turn on Timberland Drive to access east Loop 287.

The truck was hauling non-hazardous cargo and an environmental crew responded to clean up a small amount of spilled oil, according to TxDOT spokesperson Kathi White.

White said the cargo will be removed from the truck before it can be transported from the scene. Late Thursday, crews were using a forklift to off-load the cargo.

TxDOT estimates the cleanup process could be complete by midnight Friday.

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