POSTED: Thursday, November 27, 2008 - 2:13pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 11:59am
LINDALE - Multiple wrecks on Interstate 20 and Highway 110 tied up traffic for miles today. The wrecks began at about 6 a.m. near the 548 mile marker in Smith County, when an 18-wheeler rolled over, shutting down westbound lanes of traffic. State troopers say not long after that, the driver of another 18-wheeler failed to hit his brakes quickly enough, hitting four other vehicles, then catching fire. One person was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. Troopers say multiple wrecks stemmed from that incident.
Troopers say since it is a holiday, roads will already be more congested than normal. This morning, they say fog and slick roads were a factor in these wrecks. They suggest slowing down, driving with seatbelts and headlights on, and being aware of what other drivers are doing.
In order to start inspecting the bridge at the intersection of Interstate 20 and Highway 110, Texas Department of Transportation Spokesperson Larry Krantz says TxDOT is still waiting for some of the wrecks to be cleaned up. He recommends traffic coming from Harrison County to Gregg County, between Shreveport and Dallas, exit US 259 and take US 80 to Terrell.
Krantz says traffic heading to Dallas from Tyler should take State Highway 64 to Canton.
Right now, State Highway 110 is closed at Interstate 20. Traffic is being being redirected and is currently backed up about 12 miles.
Troopers say they are still investigating what caused the initial wrecks.