Big rig carrying condemned vegetables crashes on I-35, shuts down traffic for hours near BAMC

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SAN ANTONIO – A big rig that was hauling a trailer full of condemned vegetables crashed on the East Side early Tuesday morning and caused traffic to be shut down for hours on I-35 Northbound near Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC).

San Antonio police said a tractor trailer struck a signal truck that was the rear end of a sweeper convoy just before 1 a.m.

The trailer that was being towed was carrying vegetables that had been condemned and quarantined by Homeland Security due to possible insect larvae inside.

TxDOT crews towed the tractor and signal truck, but the trailer broke open. A hazmat crew responded around 6 a.m. to offload the vegetables.

The main lanes of I-35 North at Binz-Engleman to Space Center Drive were shut down for hours. The trailer remained on the highway as of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and a long-term closure was expected for several hours.

SAPD reports there were no life-threatening injuries and the drivers of both vehicles were taken to the hospital for evaluation.

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