All lanes open after overturned 18-wheeler, diesel spill shuts down US 69 in Pollock area

All lanes open after overturned 18-wheeler, diesel spill shuts down US 69 in Pollock area
Emergency crews are on the scene of an 18-wheeler crash on U.S. Highway 69, north of Lufkin in the Pollok area. (Source: Texas Department of Transportation)

ANGELINA COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) -UPDATE: As of 11:17 a.m., all lanes of US 69 are cleared and open for travel, according to DPS.

PREVIOUS: Emergency crews are on the scene of an 18-wheeler crash on U.S. Highway 69, north of Lufkin in the Pollok area.

The crash happened around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday near Farm to Market Road 843, near the Lufkin State Supported Living Center.

According to the preliminary crash report from the Department of Public Safety, an 18-wheeler towing two trailers was traveling northbound on Highway 69 when the driver swerved to avoid a deer, causing the Saia semi-truck to overturn and spill an undetermined amount of diesel on the roadway.

State troopers said the driver, who was from Louisiana, was not injured.

A hazmat crew is working to clear the scene, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

The outside northbound lane remains closed as of 6:45 a.m., while other lanes have reopened. Traffic entering the Central Independent School District school zone should not be affected, a TxDOT spokesperson said.

Motorists should reduce speed and prepare for delays until the scene is cleared.

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