Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said it could take until 8 p.m. to clean up the mess left behind when an 18-wheeler crashed and caught fire in south Decatur Wednesday around 3 p.m. Hoskins said Bradley Eastman, 51, of Fort Worth was southbound in an 18-wheeler when one of his tires blew near the crossover near Karl Klement Ford, which forced the truck into a concrete construction barrier. The truck skidded along the barrier for about 100 yards, leaking diesel fuel on the road. The truck also caught fire, sending a huge plume of smoke into the air and stopping both northbound and southbound traffic. Eastman said he was able to bail out of the cab with just a scratch. Decatur Police and Fire responded to help extinguish the blaze which destroyed the cab and trailer. Wise County EMS also responded. Hoskins said a haz-mat crew was called for the cleanup. Northbound traffic began flowing again around 4 p.m., but southbound traffic was being rerouted on Farm Road 730 through Boyd to Texas 114. The accident happened around the time Decatur schools released for the day, so some bus routes might be delayed.
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