18-wheeler loses its load on Lufkin loop

Pictured is the 18-wheeler that lost its load on the Lufkin loop. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Pictured is the 18-wheeler that lost its load on the Lufkin loop. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin emergency personnel have cleared traffic lanes on the loop after a 18-wheeler lost its load Tuesday morning.

The 18-wheeler was traveling south on the Lufkin loop when it lost its load, a huge roll of metal which weighing about 50,000 pounds.

According to Lufkin Police Officer Chris Carroll, the driver of the truck with Missouri plates was driving on the loop through Lufkin when he felt his load start to shift after coming over the Denman Ave. overpass.

The load broke free, and the driver was able to maneuver his truck so the metal would fall in between the shoulder and the concrete barrier.

Carroll said the damage to the road is estimated around $10,000.

Carroll also said the metal coming into contact with the concrete sparked a brush fire on the north side of the loop, but a passerbyer with a fire extinguisher managed to put it before LPD arrived.

TxDOT was called to the scene and brought heavy machinery to drag the metal roll across the freeway into a grassy area. Wrecker drivers from Atkinson Towing and Easley Towing were on-hand to haul the metal off the scene.

A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper was called to the scene to do a full inspection of the driver's truck. DPS will determine if a citation will be issued following their investigation.

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