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Truck accident on Katy Freeway shuts down both sides of highway

A recent accident involving a tractor-trailer on Interstate 10, known locally as the Katy Freeway, outside of Houston forced police to shut down the road in both directions during rush hour. A local news report stated that there were no immediate reports of injuries caused by the truck accident, but there was definitely a danger posed to many Texas residents in the area.

According to Katy police, the tractor-trailer was traveling eastbound on the freeway on Nov. 15 when it crashed and ended up coming to a rest on top of the guardrail near the Pederson Road exit. That collision caused the fuel tank to rupture, leading to a large spill of diesel fuel that required all lanes to be shut down as crews cleaned up the mess. The cleanup took many hours to complete. While westbound lanes were opened at 5:45 p.m., eastbound lanes remained closed for a long time thereafter to allow cleanup crews to complete the task.

Even though no injuries were immediately reported, the driver of the tractor-trailer and other nearby motorists could have been hurt in the truck accident. Sometimes, injuries do not manifest themselves right away. Additionally, the fuel spill posed a grave risk not only to the people involved in the accident, but to the people charged with trying to clean it up.

Fortunately, victims of a truck accident in Texas do not need to suffer physically and financially if they are not at fault. Under Texas law, those suffering personal injury may seek monetary damages from those whose negligence caused the injury.

Source: KTRK, "I-10 reopens after being shut down for hours due to big rig accident," Nov. 16, 2011

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