Hazmat spill causing traffic headache on Katy Freeway cleared

By Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli - Digital News Editor

HOUSTON - Morning commuters had to deal with a major headache Thursday after an overnight crash in west Houston.

A box truck and a construction truck heading inbound on I-10, the Katy Freeway, near Dairy Ashford crashed around 1 a.m. Thursday, police said.

The accident caused a hazmat spill and a complete closure of the main lanes in that area, which caused a traffic backup for those coming from the Energy Corridor.

It took crews nearly six hours to clear the hazmat spill and the crash, but the lanes finally reopened around 7:50 a.m.

While responding to the crash, police said a white sedan crashed into one of the patrol cars at the barricade. No officers were injured, and that driver was taken into custody.

One of the drivers was transported to a hospital. Police did not give information on which driver was transported or the condition that person is in.

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