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HOUSTON, TX – An 18-wheeler overturned on a transition ramp between two Interstate freeways in northwest Houston, TX on Thursday, September 15, 2011.

A tractor trailer overturned on the transition ramp between the southbound I-610 and the eastbound I-10 in northwest Houston, TX spilling a huge load of metal product all over the roadway and completely blocking traffic on September 15, 2011. Photo credit: MyFox Houston

Houston is located in Harris County, Texas in the southern central part of the state, about 51 miles northwest of Galveston and about 162 miles southeast of Austin.

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The accident occurred shortly before noon on the 610 Loop of the downtown Houston freeway system on the transition ramp from the southbound I-610 to the eastbound I-10 (the Katy Freeway).

Map showing location of overturned semi truck in Houston, TX on the transition ramp between the southbound I-610 and the eastbound I-10 on September 15, 2011.

The 18-wheeler was hauling a load of structural steel product that spilled across the entire width of the roadway blocking all traffic between the two Interstates. It took work crews several hours to remove all the debris and clear the road so it could be opened again for traffic.

It was reported that at least 3 passenger cars were hit by what appeared to be metal scaffolding that the big rig was transporting. There may be liability incurred by the trucking company or the business that loaded the truck, or even the truck driver. No matter who has the liability, the incident will require a thorough investigation to find out.

A tractor-trailer fitted with a crane and pulling a flatbed trailer was brought in to put the wrecked tractor-trailer upright and to pick up all the scattered metal scaffolding. A semi truck towing rig was also brought in to tow it away from the scene of the accident. One news reporter described the spilled metal scaffolding as a “giant erector set.”

Delays in traffic were backed up all the way to Highway 290.

The cause of the accident is not known at this time and it is currently under investigation.
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Truck Accident LawyerNews is a truck accident and personal injury blog that publishes up to date truck accident and truck legal news from across the United States. Texas, due to its high population and vast highway system, has a high incident of truck accidents. Metropolitan cities besides Houston with a high incident of truck accidents and vehicle collision resulting in product liability, severe personal injuries and even death include Abilene, Amarillo, Arlington, Bay City, Baytown and Dallas to name a few.

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