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Fuel Spill Forces Six-Hour Closure Of Westbound Lanes Of Interstate 30 Near Downtown Dallas

This traffic camera showed the view on Interstate 30 near Sylvan, the site of this morning's accident.

Update, 2:57 p.m. Monday: A wreck involving an 18-wheeler caused big problems on westbound Interstate 30 near Sylvan Avenue in Dallas this morning.

“A car was trying to exit on Sylvan and hit the barrier," said Katrina Keys with TxDOT’s Horseshoe Project. "And then an 18-wheeler was trying to swerve out of the way and that’s when the 18-wheeler tipped over.  And that’s really what caused all the traffic backup.”

Westbound lanes were shut down for more than six hours.  The trailer full of auto parts had to be offloaded before a fuel spill could be cleaned up and the truck could be hauled away.

Meanwhile, Horseshoe construction will shut down the eastbound frontage road at Sylvan overnight from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m.  And eastbound Interstate 30 traffic between Sylvan and Riverfront Boulevard will be one lane only tonight and tomorrow night.

Update, 11:45 a.m. Monday: One lane has reopened, The Dallas Morning News is reporting.

Original post: Interstate 30 in Dallas is closed in one direction this morning after a wreck involving an 18-wheeler truck spilled diesel fuel on the highway.

The Dallas County Sheriff's Office says the 18-wheeler struck a Kia and then hit a traffic barrier, rupturing its fuel tank and causing a major spill.

Westbound traffic is shut down on I-30 at Sylvan Avenue, just west of downtown.

Authorities say the shutdown could last several hours as hazardous materials crews try to clear the scene.

The driver and the two passengers of the Kia suffered minor injuries.

We've compiled this report based on KERA News reports and The Associated Press.

Former KERA reporter BJ Austin spent more than 25 years in broadcast journalism, anchoring and reporting in Atlanta, New York, New Orleans and Dallas. Along the way, she covered Atlanta City Hall, the Georgia Legislature and the corruption trials of Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards.