Semi carrying oil tank hits bridge over I-20

LINDALE, Texas (KETK) - Lindale Police and other emergency personnel responded Tuesday morning to a semi's oil tank hitting the FM 849 bridge that crosses over I-20.

According to the LPD, they received a call around 9:45 a.m. of a crash near the intersection of Interstate 20 and Farm-to-Market Road 849.

Police say FM 849 has been shut down in both directions. Interstate 20 was also partially shut down for a few hours.

According to DPS, troopers are assisting Lindale Police Department in the investigation involving the tanker trailer separating from its cab and rolling into a bridge support.

Officials say there was never a threat of an explosion from the tanker.

DPS says the semi with an oil tank on the trailer was headed west on I-20 when the tank hit the underside of FM 849. The impact knocked the tank off the trailer and rolled into the concrete barriers, then into the eastbound lane.

Motorists are encouraged to use caution in the area.  Texas Department of Transportation officials have been notified and engineers will evaluate the bridge structure. 

“Bridge experts from Austin are coming in today to evaluate and assist the district in assessing the damage and developing plans for future repair or potential replacement,” said Kathi White, TxDOT Public Information Officer. “FM 849 will remain closed until the structural evaluation and any necessary repairs are complete to ensure the safety of the traveling public.”

The concrete barrier dividing I-20 lanes as well as some westbound pavement were also damaged. The tank was removed from the scene around 1 p.m.

TxDOT stated the accident will expedite plans they had in place to repair and replace the structure.

KETK will bring you more information as it is released.

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