Traffic flowing through southbound lanes on US 59 again following 2 wrecks

Traffic flowing through southbound lanes on US 59 again following 2 wrecks

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Parts of Highway 59 are shut down following a Monday morning crash.

As of 12:12 p.m., TXDOT has reported traffic on US 59 has returned to a “contra-flow” pattern on the southbound side of the roadway. Drivers should still prepare for traffic and possible delays. It is reported hazmat is still on scene. There were no injuries from the accident, but the driver of the truck was cited for unsafe speeds for conditions present due to rain and the 50-,mile per hour work zone, Lufkin police said.

Earlier, US 59 in Burke will be closed again in all lanes for up to an hour to off-load remaining fuel from an earlier crash involving a tanker truck.

TxDOT said to prepare for delays during this time. Reduce speed and follow all traffic control in place.

TXDOT reported at about 10 a.m. traffic is flowing on US 59 in a “contra-flow, two-lane pattern in the southbound lanes only.” They reported the northbound lanes are still closed as crews work to clear the first wreck.

At 9:03 a.m. it is reported a second truck has overturned on Farm-to-Market Road 2108, near US 59 South. It is reported the wreck is on the previous detour set up for drivers after a previous wreck involving an 18-wheeler shut down US 59.

According to Lufkin Police, a wreck involving an overturned tanker truck carrying racing fuel has both the north and southbound lanes of Highway 59 shut down for about a half a mile near Farm-to-Market Road 2108.

Hazmat is reported to be on scene.

Northbound traffic on US 59 is blocked at this time.

Hazmat and firefighters are still working to clear the scene of an overturned truck on US 59 (Source: TXDOT)
Hazmat and firefighters are still working to clear the scene of an overturned truck on US 59 (Source: TXDOT)

A statement released by officials with the Diboll Independent School District says: "due to the Highway 59 closure, Diboll ISD buses are unable to pick up students in the Greenridge subdivision or on Stringer Road.

Parents who are able to get on the highway will need to bring their students to school. If you are unable to get your students to school or need more information, please contact the Diboll ISD transportation department at 936-829-6200."

The roadway is expected to be closed for several hours.

Motorists should expect major delays, and avoid the area if possible.

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