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Finesilver curve notorious for big rig crashes

18-wheeler rolls on side, causes major traffic problems early Thursday

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SAN ANTONIO – An 18-wheeler landed on its side on a curve near the Finesilver building and caused traffic problems for downtown motorists for several hours early Thursday.

Police said the driver of the big rig came around the curve at Interstate 35 and Interstate 10 ramp too fast and lost control 12:30 a.m., causing the truck to topple onto its side.

The Finesilver curve is notorious for crashes involving 18-wheelers, according to transportation officials.

"We know that there's an issue out there, but because there's no space, there's no room for us to do anything. With the Finesilver building there at this time there are no plans," TxDOT spokeswoman Laura Lopez said.

Lopez said a number of things have already been done to stop trucks from toppling over on the curve.

"There's plenty of signage out there reminding folks about what the speed is, and also signs with 18-wheelers that are tipped over," Lopez said. "So there is plenty of signage out there to remind motorists. Please be careful taking that curve." 

Lopez said the curve has been part of a route that does not allow hazardous cargo since 1999, when a major spill closed the ramp for 24 hours.

She said that's also when crews added overhead signs that show a driver's actual speed.

The accident scene was cleared around 8 a.m.

No injuries were reported, but a pregnant woman who was on her way to the hospital to give birth was taken there by paramedics because she was held up in traffic.