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Wreck involving big rig that ran off I-30 overpass

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Photo Source: James Allen Photo Source: James Allen

MT. VERNON, TX (KLTV) - An accident involving an 18-wheeler that ran down a steep embankment may take up to eight more hours to clear.

The accident happened around 9:15, Friday, on I-30 at exit 147 in the Mt. Vernon area.

The driver of the semi-truck was heading westbound when he lost control of the truck went off into the center median, tearing through the guard rail and falling down a steep embankment before coming to a stop across highway 423.

According to Franklin County authorities, there were no skid marks on I-30 where the big rig went off the roadway. The driver of the 18-wheeler claims he was trying to avoid a car that came into his lane when the accident happened, although no other vehicle was involved in the wreck.

The Sheriff also said it was a miracle that no vehicle was on Hwy 423 when the truck fell onto it because the highway is a major thoroughfare in Franklin County.

The big rig is still blocking both lanes under the I-30 overpass on Hwy 423.

There were two people in the truck, both have been transported to a local hospital and are in serious condition, but authorities say the injuries are not life-threatening.

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