HOUSTON – All westbound lanes of Highway 290 at Mueschke reopened Wednesday after an 18-wheeler crashed and burst into flames.
The driver of the truck said a tire blew on his trailer causing him to hit barrels along an exit ramp. The crash caused the truck, which was carrying wooden cabinets, to catch fire, the driver said.
The driver escaped without injury.
Hazmat crews were called to clean up the area.
“It's a major traffic hazard at this time. We’re working diligently to expedite, with the fire department and with other agencies, the safe evacuation of this vehicle,” said Captain Michael Koteras with the Harris County Sheriff's office.
Commuters were forced to exit the freeway at Cypress Rosehill Road.
Officials at the Texas Department of Transportation said in a tweet about 7:45 a.m. that the scene had cleared.