3:00 PM - ALL CLEAR

US 59 UPDATE: TxDOT has reopened all lanes of travel on US 59 following a crash involving a tanker truck early this morning . Drive safely.

12:15 PM - CONTRAFLOW ESTABLISHED AGAIN

US 59 UPDATE: Traffic is flowing in a contra-flow pattern again on the SB side of US 59 at Burke, located between Lufkin and Diboll, as an earlier crash continues to clear. Be prepared for slow traffic and possible delays through the area. Hazmat remains on the scene.

11 AM - SHUTTING DOWN 59 TO OFFLOAD FUEL

US 59 in Burke will be closed again in all lanes for up to an hour to off-load remaining fuel from an earlier crash involving a tanker truck. Detours will be: NB detour to FM 1818 in Diboll to FM 58 in Lufkin. SB detour to FM 819/College Drive to FM 2108/Airport Road. Prepare for delays during this time. Reduce speed and follow all traffic control in place.

10 AM - UPDATE ON CONTRAFLOW TRAFFIC:

US 59 traffic in Burke is flowing in a contra-flow, two-lane pattern in southbound lanes only. Northbound lanes remain closed as an earlier crash continues to clear. Expect possible delays and reduce speed through this area for several more hours. Follow updates on Twitter @TxDOTLufkin or check statewide conditions at drivetexas.org.

9 AM - UPDATE ON SECOND WRECK

An second overturned truck has been reported on FM 2108 (Old Airport Road) near US 59 South where a detour is set following an earlier crash involving an 18-wheeler on US 59 South in Burke. Prepare for major delays. Traffic is heavy and backed up. NB traffic on US 59 is currently stopped. TxDOT is in the process of setting new detours that will be in place for several hours

ORIGINAL STORY

A morning wreck is bringing headaches to motorists on Highway 59 just south of Lufkin.  A half-mile stretch of U.S. 59 south (northbound and southbound) near Texas Timberjack will be shut down for several hours due to an overturned 18-wheeler that was carrying racing fuel.

Emergency personnel are diverting all northbound traffic down Airport Road and all southbound traffic down Southwood Drive to Old Diboll Highway.  The driver of the truck was not injured but was issued a citation for driving at an unsafe speed.

Due to this situation,  Diboll ISD buses are unable to pick up students in the Greenridge subdivision or on Stringer Road. Parents who are able to get on the highway will need to bring their students to school. If you are unable to get your students to school or need more information, please contact the Diboll ISD transportation department at 936-829-6200.

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