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Fiery tanker crash Sunday causes Dallas traffic woes today

A fiery tanker truck explosion Sunday in southeast Dallas was brought under control in about two hours, but its impact continued to throttle traffic on Monday.

Highway officials were busy inspecting a bridge at the scene of the fire on Texas 310 at its intersection with U.S. 175, said Kelli Petras, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Transportation office in Dallas.

By late afternoon Monday, all southbound lanes of Texas 310 were still blocked and only one northbound lane was open, Petras said.

Petras said TxDOT engineers were "continuously inspecting."

She said engineers believe the bridge may be salvageable "depending on the extend of damage to the cap" which supports the bridge deck.

The fire was reported at 4:55 p.m. Sunday when the tanker wrecked at "Dead Man's Curve."

The rig was hauling thousands of gallons of unleaded gasoline which fueled flames and thick columns of smoke which were visible for miles, according to reports.

The driver escaped the wreckage with minor injuries, according to a news release from Dallas Fire-Rescue.