Highway 59 near Rosenberg remains closed after overturned tanker truck crash is cleared

ROSENBERG, Texas – An overturned tanker truck has had the southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 59 just southwest of Rosenberg closed for more than 24 hours.

The northbound lanes were reopened late Wednesday night and the southbound lanes are expected to be reopened Friday.

The crash was first reported Wednesday at 4:30 a.m. on Highway 59 south at Patton Road after the tanker truck hauling propane overturned.

Southbound traffic is being diverted onto Spur 10, while northbound traffic was diverted onto State Highway 60 while those lanes were closed.

Hazmat teams were on site, officials said.

The Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management said the product had to be removed from the tank before the truck was lifted upright and towed away.

Video from Sky2 showed a cloud of vapor leaking from the trailer Wednesday morning.

The truck driver was injured and taken to the hospital. There is no word on his condition.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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Aaron Barker has been a senior digital editor at KPRC 2 since 2016. As a meteorologist, he specializes in stories about the weather. He has covered Hurricane Harvey, the Astros first World Series win, the Santa Fe High School shooting, the ITC fire and Tropical Storm Imelda.