LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An 18-wheeler driver who tried to take his exit too late onto US 59 North from Loop 287 in Lufkin overturned his load but is OK.
Lufkin Police Officer Brad Lawrence said the driver missed where he was supposed to exit around 2 p.m. but tried to hurriedly get into the exit and turned too sharp and wrecked his rig.
Diesel fuel is leaking out of the cab. Only one lane is open on the northbound side of the loop, but the exit remains open.
The tank on the trailer is loaded with toluene.
Beginning at approximately 8:00 PM, crews will begin offloading the chemical cargo and removing the truck tractor and trailer, a Lufkin Police Department press release stated. This process is expected to take at least one hour and will necessitate the diversion of traffic traveling along all nearby roads.
Between approximately 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM, all northbound traffic on Loop 287 will be routed around Loop 287 West. When the offloading begins, all traffic will be blocked from approaching the area. Loop traffic will be rerouted at Moffett Road and at Sayers Street/FM 2251. Highway 59 North traffic will be rerouted at FM 2021. Timberland Drive traffic will be rerouted at Homewood Drive.
Personnel from Lufkin Fire Department, Lufkin Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Angelina County Sheriff's Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, and City of Lufkin Street Department are on the scene and staged at major intersections around Loop 287 to direct traffic away from the North Loop.
All drivers should avoid traveling on the Loop and expect traffic delays until the scene is cleared.