Big rig overturns on I20-to-I35W ramp; huge roll of paper falls from trailer

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The ramp from westbound Interstate 20 to southbound Interstate 35W was shut down Tuesday evening after an 18-wheeler lost part of its load — a large roll of paper — that plummeted to a grassy area below.

The driver was not hurt, but the truck portion of the rig was snug against the ramp wall, said Capt. Kevin Rodricks, police spokesman.

Officers were summoned about 7 p.m. to a report of an overturned tractor-trailer on the ramp.

Rodricks said officers on scene told him that the rig, which was hauling large rolls of paper, experienced a “load shift,” which caused the wreck.

“Apparently one of the rolls of paper came loose and fell down,” Rodricks said. “It landed on a grassy patch of land underneath the ramp, but there were no injuries, thank goodness.”

Rodricks, however, noted at 10 p.m. that the ramp would be shut down for about two more hours while clean up crews worked to clear the wreckage.

The Star-Telegram’s printing facility, which handles large rolls of newsprint, is located near the ramp but it could not be determined late Tuesday if the paper was destined for that plant.

If so, a single roll of newsprint weighs about 2,000 pounds.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684 Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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