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CRASH CLOSES SH 242 DURING MORNING COMMUTE

About 6:15am a Ford F-250 pickup was traveling east on SH 242 just east of the San Jacinto River bridge. A dump truck had slowed down and with a turn signal on was turning into the driveway for the sand pit. The driver of the F-250 who did not have his headlights on according to witnesses slammed into the rear of the dump truck. The force was so great that the brackets holding the springs on the dump truck broke. The driver of the pickup was transported to the hospital with a broken arm and broken leg. Besides the diesel tank rupturing on the pickup, the contents of the bed of the truck ejected spilling buckets of hydraulic fluid and cans of gasoline. In addition, tools and hundreds of nails littered the road. HAZMAT International was dispatched to the scene to clear the fluids from the roadway and debris. Valentin Towing removed both the dump truck and pickup from the scene. DPS investigated the crash as MCSO assisted in traffic control. Caney Creek Fire and Needham Road responded along with MCHD. SH 242 reopened just before 10 am. At one-point traffic was backed up to FM 1485. Many drivers instead of turning around sat in traffic over 3 hours. The truck driver was not injured.

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