Overturned 18-wheeler closes Main Street near Loop 820 in north Fort Worth

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An overturned 18-wheeler tanker truck forced the closure of North Main Street near Loop 820 in north Fort Worth.

The truck was reported to be on fire but the driver was able to get out, said Fort Worth Fire Department spokesman Tim Hardeman. No reports of injuries were reported.

The Fire Department said drivers should avoid North Main Street for the next several hours as firefighters work to clean up the mess.

"The biggest problem we've got is cleaning up the hot asphalt and getting the overturned 18-wheeler upright," Hardeman said.

The city of Fort Worth issued a statement at 4:15 p.m. saying both north and southbound lanes of Main Street remained closed, and that commuters should consider alternate routes.

The accident occurred about 1:30 p.m. when the truck was exiting eastbound Loop 820 to northbound North Main Street. As the truck was turning in the cloverleaf exit, it turned over, Hardeman said.

Shortly after the accident, MedStar spokesman Matt Zavadsky said there was a strong chemical odor and heavy white smoke thick enough to block out signs.

Bill Hanna, (817) -390

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