Traffic cleared in the wake of 18-wheeler accident near Shepherd

SHEPHERD, TX (KTRE) - Traffic has been cleared on U.S. Highway 59 north of Shepherd in the wake of an accident with an overturned 18-wheeler as of about noon. Before then traffic had been limited to just one lane in either direction as a Haz-mat crew worked to remove chemicals from the truck.

According to Trooper David Hendry, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, no injuries were reported in the accident. The driver of the truck was Steven Lachowsky of Conway, Ark.

The Haz-mat crew was brought into remove the chemicals before the truck was turned upright, so it could be hauled away from the accident scene. Crews from the Texas Department of Transportation diverted traffic around the wreck by switch one lane of the north bound traffic to the southbound side.

The accident occurred early Friday north of Shepherd at Loop 494. After leaving the road, the 18-wheeler overturned.

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