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18-wheeler flips on Hwy. 271 North

UPSHUR COUNTY, TEXAS (KLTV) - Authorities are still on the scene of a major accident that tied up a portion of Hwy. 271, just north of Gilmer, Tuesday morning.

It happened where Hwy. 271 meets Lantana Road.

Authorities tell us around 5 a.m., an 18-wheeler carrying a load of potted plants flipped onto it's side. Two other big rigs carrying rocks, apparently, hit the flipped truck after coming over a hill. They were unable to stop in time. The entire highway was closed while authorities worked to clear both lanes. We're told two lanes are back open at this time.

All three truck drivers were taken to ETMC.  Two drivers have since been released. One remains in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  

A hazardous material crew was on scene to clean up diesel fuel.

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