Wreck causes ramp closure

By Erika Pedroza | Published Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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A highly traveled on-ramp in Decatur was closed most of Tuesday afternoon following an 18-wheeler accident that spilled hot asphalt across the road.

Decatur firefighters as well as Texas Department of Transportation and a hazmat crew worked for more than six hours to clear the on-ramp to U.S. 81/287 North from U.S. 380.

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HOT MESS – Hot asphalt, oil and diesel leaked from an 18-wheeler that overturned Tuesday when driver Frank Taylor of Benbrook attempted to exit onto U.S. 287 North from U.S. 380 in Decatur. Messenger photo by Andrew May

Fortunately, there were no serious injuries in the wreck that occurred just after 12:30 p.m.

According to investigators, Frank Taylor of Benbrook was westbound on 380 when he attempted to exit onto northbound U.S. 81/287. He lost control of the 18-wheeler, and it overturned.

Hot asphalt, oil and diesel spilled onto the roadway and into the surrounding grass.

Decatur firefighters shoveled piles of dirt onto the roadway to prevent the contents from spreading.

Speed is believed to have been a factor in the wreck.

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