Morning big rig accident destroys overhead sign on I-10
18-wheeler hits overhead sign between Cincinnati, Woodlawn
SAN ANTONIO – All lower-level lanes of Interstate 10 have reopened Wednesday afternoon after an 18-wheeler accident in the eastbound lanes of I-10 between Cincinnati and Woodlawn avenues.
The accident happened about 9 a.m., forcing the closure of the lower level for nearly six hours.
Police spokesman Officer Doug Greene said that the driver of a dump truck accidentally activated a lever in the cab of the big rig that caused the dumping mechanism of the trailer to rise and hit an overhead sign.
The driver, with AJ Lopez Trucking, said she's been driving for five years and this is her first accident. She said the truck is unique because the engagement switch is on the dashboard.
The sign was damaged and posed a potential risk to drivers, Greene said.
No injuries were reported.
TxDOT spent the morning reminding drivers to find alternate routes.
"Something like this does happen and it does impact the traveling traffic, but of course there is alternate routes being able to get to your destination," Laura Lopez with TxDOT said.
TxDOT isn't able to say whether or not the truck should've been traveling on the lower level, since it will take some time for the crash investigation report to be finalized.
AJ Lopez Trucking's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records show that in the last two years it has had 106 vehicle maintenance violations. Of those, two violations were for failing to secure vehicle equipment, one for failure to prevent cargo shifting.
KSAT has not been able to contact the company's owner.
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