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High winds topple 18-wheeler, cause DFW traffic woes

Straight-line winds that toppled 18-wheel trucks and scattered debris across Dallas-Forth Worth roadways created a nightmarish commute for some drivers across the Metroplex.

The storms struck at about 3:30 a.m. Thursday, toppling 18-wheelers, downing trees and fences, lifting roofs and leaving widespread power outages. Some of the traffic problems included:

  • A toppled 18-wheeler forced the closure of Loop 820 near Trinity Boulevard in Fort Worth. The southbound lanes were reopened about 8 a.m.
  • Another overturned big rig on Interstate 35W at FM917 near Alvarado caused traffic to be diverted to an access road.
  • Traffic has been slow on Texas 360 near Pioneer Parkway in Arlington for several hours due to debris.
  • Wintergreen Road in DeSoto was closed due to debris on the road.
  • Downed power lines across the Dallas-Forth Worth area knocked out numerous signal lights and slowed traffic on side roads.
  • In Arlington, traffic lights were out at Southwest Green Oaks Boulevard and I-20 as well as West Pioneer Parkway and West Green Oaks Boulevard.

    In Saginaw, traffic lights were out and portable stop signs were being used at some intersections along Business 287 between Loop 820 and Bailey Boswell.

    In Dallas County, Plano and Irving experiencef numerous signal light outages. Police requested motorists to avoid Belt Line Road between I-635 and Highway 114 because of down wires.

    This report contains material from The Associated Press.

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