Ramp Reopened After 76-Ton Concrete Beam Falls

Driver suffers minor injuries in crash

Traffic is back to normal in North Dallas Thursday after a big-rig carrying a concrete barrier wall crashed along the High 5 Wednesday night, dropping the 76-ton beam into the roadway.

The ramp was closed for nearly 24 hours before reopening Thursday afternoon around 3 p.m.

The single-vehicle crash occurred at about 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The Dallas Police Department closed the westbound I-635 ramp onto northbound North Central Expressway Wednesday night as crews began working to remove overturned truck and the beam.

The concrete median weighs about 154,000 pounds and is approximately 150 feet long. Crews began using a jackhammer to break up the beam Thursday morning before it was removed from the ramp.

Traffic was diverted to southbound U.S. Highway 75, but both the east and westbound directions of I-635 were impacted by the crash on Thursday morning.

One lane of LBJ Freeway was opened in time for Thursday morning rush hour.

The truck driver received minor injuries in the crash.

NBC 5's Josh Ault and Johnny Archer contributed to this report. 

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