I-35W Closed Due to Overturned Sand Truck

By Greg Janda and Chris Van Horne
|  Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014  |  Updated 5:26 PM CDT
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I-35W Closed Due to Overturned Sand Truck

For four hours on Tuesday a section of Interstate 35W near Rosedale Street in Fort Worth was closed after an accident where an 18-wheeler overturned and spilled its load of sand on the freeway.

Fort Worth Police said two 18-wheelers were involved in the wreck, as was a small sedan. Both side of I-35W were closed, as sand from one of the semi-trucks spilled into the southbound lanes.

MedStar emergency services said six patients suffered minor injuries in the crash, which happened at about 10 a.m.

Traffic was re-routed around the main lanes of the freeway and onto service roads at Allen Avenue. Construction in the area hampered traffic flow at times.

Drivers caught in the mess told NBC 5 they experienced varying lengths of stop and go traffic.

Robert Jimenez of Denver was trying to get to his son-in-law's place in Fort Worth, but spent 45 minutes stuck in the traffic.

Lillie Ann Goeders of Austin was about two miles from her destination when she and her colleagues were stuck in the back-up. Goeders spent nearly two hours waiting.

"You just sit and wait and use your apps and try to figure out what's going on," she said. "Now we're here, we're almost to our destination, so we're delighted."

Northbound traffic was being directed back onto the freeway at Rosedale Street. Southbound motorists were exiting off Rosedale and then back on the freeway at Allen Avenue.

TXDOT had to bring in a bulldozer to remove most of the sand from the roadway and private hazmat crews to clean up a fuel spill associated with the crash.

Two southbound lanes re-opened at around 1 p.m., and all traffic resumed as normal by 2 p.m.

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