Semi Truck Rollover Snarls Traffic
Written by Greg on November 15, 2013
Houston area commuters had a very difficult time this morning traveling on 610 Loop when a big tractor-trailer rollover and block lanes of traffic during peak commuting times.
The truck crash only involve the big rig and kept Houstonians from their appointments for several hours. The semitruck flipped over on the ramp connecting North Loop to Highway 59.
The roadway was blocked for over four hours while cleanup crews tried to rectify the damage. There is no doubt that this is just another truck wreck where Houstonians are left holding the bag for unsafe driving by a truck driver.
The report which first surfaced on the Houston Chronicle website contains many photographs that can be viewed by clicking here.
On almost a weekly basis, Houston commuters are subjected to major delays because of a commercial vehicle crash. Some of the truck accidents are caused by a driver running into a object, such as a bridge or embankment, but many are rollover accidents such as this one.
Commercial trucks such as a big regular 18 wheeler are frequently top-heavy after being loaded which makes them much easier to roll over than another type of vehicle.
Commonly, hazmat crews must abate the fuel that has leaked onto the roadway after a rollover of a big rig. Diesel fuel on the highway can be extremely dangerous as an unsuspecting motorist hitting a patch of fuel on the highway will feel the same sensation as if driving on ice.
These dangers and others require a thorough cleanup before the roadway can be opened to Houston drivers.