I-20 at Toll 49 reopened after fatal 18-wheeler crash

I-20 at Toll 49 reopened after fatal 18-wheeler crash
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Crews respond after an 18-wheeler crashed at an Interstate 20 overpass. (Source: KLTV)
Crews respond after an 18-wheeler crashed at an Interstate 20 overpass. (Source: KLTV)
Crews respond after an 18-wheeler crashed at an Interstate 20 overpass. (Source: KLTV)
Crews respond after an 18-wheeler crashed at an Interstate 20 overpass. (Source: KLTV)

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Traffic is reopened on I-20 following this morning's fatal 18-wheeler crash.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, eastbound traffic on I-20 reopened after it was closed for 7 hours as crews worked to clear the scene of the crash.

One person has died after an 18-wheeler crash at the intersection of Interstate 20 and Toll 49.

A man was killed in the crash, according to officials at the scene.

It appears the rig is stuck on a concrete portion on the overpass and the bridge is closed.

Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Sgt. Jean Dark said traffic is being re-routed on the exit.

DPS released a statement on the crash Monday morning:

"Motorist are urged to use caution eastbound on IH-20 near mile marker 553 in Smith County.  Preliminary reports indicate a truck tractor has stuck the overpass at IH-20 and Toll-49 causing the roadway at that location to be temporarily closed as emergency crews work to clear the scene.  Traffic is being rerouted on the service road."

The Toll 49 overpass bridge sustained damage due to the impact. According to TxDOT officials, the impact of the crash shifted the south end of the bridges about three inches.

TxDOT said the bridge was inspected by engineers and it was determined that while there is minor damage to the bridge, it did not affect the strength of the bridge. The Northeast Texas Regional Mobility Authority will conduct the necessary repairs to the bridge.

The process of removing the victim's body had been hampered due to weather and damage to the vehicle, according to officials on the scene.

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