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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) An overturned big rig caused traffic havoc Tuesday afternoon in La Porte and the residual effects of that havoc were still felt during Wednesday morning’s rush hour.
The 18-wheeler fell off the Highway 146 southbound ramp to Highway 225 West around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and then crashed several feet to the ground. The two men who were in the cab of the truck were taken to a nearby hospital.
As a result of the accident, both Highways 146 and 225 were backed up for hours on Tuesday.
Highway 146 eventually opened back up after two hours, but Highway 225 remained shut down. The closure stranded motorists, with many having to wait as much as two hours before a detour could be used.
According to La Porte Office of Emergency Management, the overturned truck began leaking propane when it hit the ground.
As of Wednesday morning, all lanes of Highway 225 and the ramps to 225 were closed and are expected to stay that way until crews clear the area.
Crews had hoped to clear the accident before rush hour Wednesday morning, but they are hoping to have the remnants of the accident picked up and roads cleaned before Wednesday afternoon’s rush hour.
For motorists who normally use Highway 225 eastbound at Highway 146, authorities are diverting traffic to the feeder at Battleground Road where drivers are being asked to take Battleground to Spencer Highway.
The ramps from Highway 146 to 225 are also closed and motorists are being asked to travel Spencer Highway westbound to Battleground as an alternate.
HoustonTranstar cameras showed traffic backups on the La Porte @ Tidal camera Wednesday morning just before 6:30 a.m.