SHERMAN, Texas -- A portion of southbound U.S. 75 in Sherman was shut down this morning as crews cleaned an accident involving a as fuel tanker semi-truck.
Sherman Fire Department Chief J.J. Jones said the wreck happened sometime before 8:02 a.m. Friday near the FM 1417 exit. It shut down the highway until 11:30 a.m.
"A gas fuel tanker semi-truck was traveling southbound on Highway 75 in the left-hand lane. The driver reached over for an item and turned the steering wheel, causing the truck to leave the roadway and strike the center concrete barrier. The truck ran up the barrier and “high centered” on the barrier for about 285 feet before coming to a stop," Sherman Police Sgt. D.M. Hampton said.
"The tanker semi-truck was loaded with a minuscule amount of fuel, but precautions were taken because of vapors inside the tank."
The driver, a 48 year old man from Sherman was not injured. There was only damage to the semi-truck and the concrete barrier. No other vehicles were involved in the accident, Hampton said.
The wreck closed the highway from the Park Street exit to the FM1417 on-ramp. Traffic was diverted to the frontage road and then back onto the highway.
The Texas Department of Transportation came out to assist with traffic control, by shutting down the left-hand lane. As of Friday afternoon, the left lane is still blocked and traffic is slow through that area.