Highway 59 northbound lanes at 287 in Lufkin re-opened

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 59 have been re-opened Thursday morning, after being closed for hours when an oversized tractor trailer hit a railroad bridge.

Union Pacific Railroad crews and the Texas Department of Transportation worked through the night to repair damage to the railroad bridge and it was re-opened just after 5 a.m., Thursday.

Wednesday evening, Randy Black was driving the 18-wheeler and missed the signs for him to go on the right route with his oversized load and hit the railroad bridge, according to DPS.

Pieces of Black's load flew off after making contact with the bridge.

Lance Hetrick of San Augustine was behind Black and ran over the debris busting his oil pan and disabling his car. It was towed off the scene.

No injuries were reported.

Slocum says Black was cited for disregarding permit limitations.

TXDOT Public Information Officer, Kathi White reminds motorists that this area is an active work zone, so use caution when driving through the area.

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