Fiery big rig crash shuts down I-10 east for hours

By Gianna Caserta - Reporter, Jenelle Shriner - News Executive Producer

HARRIS COUNTY - Snarled traffic was all you could see for miles Thursday morning after a fiery crash shut down the I-10 east main lanes for hours.

At around 3:30 a.m., Harris County deputies say an 18-wheeler traveling inbound on the East Freeway, hit the guard rail, then a light pole before bursting into flames. The driver managed to escape unharmed.

"I heard on the news this morning that there was an overturned 18-wheeler, and that they spilled chemicals all over the road," said Ashleigh Trader.

Ashleigh Trader says her commute time was almost 10 times what it usually is due to the back up.

"Normally from my house to here it takes me five minutes and it took me 45 minutes," said Trader.

Debris and oil covered both sides of the freeway near the Cedar Lane exit. Deputies were forced to shut down all the inbound and outbound lanes. HAZMAT spent hours cleaning up the oil spill and thankfully no one was injured.

Miguel Diaz is heading back home after missing his flight Friday morning because he was stuck in the bumper-to-bumper traffic.

"We left like 4:30 in the morning, but the flight was at 7, we just missed it. We got stuck one hour in traffic," said Miguel Diaz.

All lanes re-opened Thursday afternoon.

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