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East Freeway reopens after wreck, spill backed up traffic

Dale Lezo, Houston Chronicle
Updated 3:43 pm, Thursday, June 13, 2013

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  • Traffic was snarled  after a wreck led to a Hazmat spill on the westbound East Freeway near McCarty about 12:20 p.m. Thursday. Photo: Houston Transtar
    Traffic was snarled after a wreck led to a Hazmat spill on the westbound East Freeway near McCarty about 12:20 p.m. Thursday. Photo: Houston Transtar

 

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The westbound lanes of the East Freeway have been reopened following an afternoon crash Thursday that led to a Hazmat spill, backing up traffic for miles, according to Houston Transtar.

The crash happened about 12:20 p.m., according to Houston Transtar. Traffic quickly piled up behind the wreck. Two lanes were temporarily blocked while crews cleared the scene.

"The accident has cleared and all lanes are open," said Transtar spokeswoman Dinah Massie. It took emergency workers about two hours to clear the scene.

Earlier, a five-car pileup brought traffic temporarily to a near standstill on the southbound Interstate 45 in north Houston late Thursday morning.

The wreck happened about 9:50 a.m. on the southbound North Freeway near Mt. Houston, according to Houston Transtar.

Two lanes were temporarily shutdown.

Another crash caused problems about 6:30 a.m. on the southbound North freeway near Creighton when a big-rig toppled over.

Initial reports indicate a car-hauler overturned onto its side. At least four lanes were temporarily blocked while crews worked to clear the scene. The lanes later reopened.

Earlier, a few wrecks caused slight delays on U.S. 59.

After a crash about 6 a.m., three lanes were blocked on the southbound frontage road of the Eastex Freeway near the Beltway 8. The lanes later reopened.

A wreck just before about 6 a.m., on the northbound U.S. 59 near Brazos slowed traffic as well. Two lanes were blocked, but they later were reopened when the scene was cleared.

You can get a glimpse of the morning commute on chron.com at http://www.chron.com/news/houston-traffic/