All lanes of I-10 re-open after 18-wheeler overturns

Big-rig dangled over edge for several hours

SAN ANTONIO – An 18-wheeler overturned Saturday morning and was partially hanging from the upper level of eastbound Interstate 10 over the Brazos Street exit northwest of downtown San Antonio.

The trailer was removed from the highway just before 5 p.m. but all eastbound lanes and the lower level westbound lanes remained closed. 

TxDOT announced just after 6:30 p.m. the upper decks of I-10 eastbound re-opened. While all lanes of the lower levels remain closed. By 10:10 p.m. crews were able to clear all the debris and opened all lanes of the interstate.

TxDOT said on Twitter that the westbound lower level of I-10 has been shut down. The eastbound lower and upper levels are experiencing delays because of the accident.

The 18-wheeler's trailer could be seen hanging off the upper level of I-10 from the TxDOT TransGuide camera at I-10 and Colorado.

Witnesses said the 18-wheeler was driving on I-10 near the I-35 interchange just before 8:30 a.m. when traffic slowed for a police officer working another wreck.

They said the big rig driver swerved to avoid traffic and crashed into the retaining wall, sending its trailer over the edge and hanging over the highway below.

Police called for a crane to come and haul away the truck and damaged trailer. TxDOT engineers also arrived on the scene to monitor the truck and hanging trailer.

Police said they expected it to take most of the day to remove the hanging trailer.

The big rig driver was not hurt in the crash.

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