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Overturned fuel tanker shuts down Dallas High Five, causing traffic nightmare


A fuel tanker truck crashed in Dallas, Texas, this morning, forcing transportation officials to shut down the entire High Five interchange.

The crash occurred around 4:30 this morning on a ramp connecting the southbound Central Expressway to the eastbound LBJ Freeway, according to CBSDFW. Authorities say that the tanker truck collided with a barrier and rolled into a precarious position teetering near the edge of the ramp.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash. No injuries were reported.

Though no fuel leaked during the crash, Texas transportation officials deemed the crashed tanker a threat and shut down the entire High Five interchange as a precaution. TxDOT says that this is the first time that they can recall the entire High Five being shut down.

Around 10:30 a.m., eastbound LBJ was reopened, but traffic is backed up for miles. Because of the truck’s precarious position and potentially dangerous load, officials say that most of the the High Five could remain shut down for “hours and hours.”

Some drivers stuck in the backup are running out of gasoline. Others are leaving their vehicles to get food.



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