Texas I-20 reopens after overpass was struck by truck

By David Tanner, Land Line associate editor | 11/8/2013

Interstate 20 has reopened in both directions in West Texas after crews removed the debris from a collapsed bridge. The bridge near mile marker 170 collapsed Tuesday night, Nov. 7, after a tractor-trailer struck a bridge beam. A second truck hit the debris but neither driver was injured.

“The interstate is now open in both directions, so we’re grateful to have the traffic restored, and now we can focus on getting the bridge replaced,” spokeswoman Darah Waldrip of the Texas Department of Transportation told “Land Line Now” on Friday.

Waldrip said the eastbound lanes opened at 2 p.m., Thursday and that the westbound lanes were open an hour later.

Overpass traffic will be detoured to another bridge while TxDOT redesigns and rebuilds the bridge.

“Our crews and our contractor did a tremendous job in getting the debris removed and restoring the traffic flow,” Waldrip said.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the truck that struck the bridge had overcorrected after striking a guardrail just before arriving at the overpass. Police had not cited the driver as of Friday afternoon.

“Land Line Now” News Anchor Reed Black contributed to this story.

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