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Burned bridge in Dallas to be demolished, rebuilt

A bridge in southeast Dallas that was awash in flames Sunday after a tanker truck exploded will be demolished and rebuilt, highway department officials said.

Meanwhile, traffic will be detoured around the area during the repair work, said Kelli Petras, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Transportation office in Dallas.

"TxDOT will have a definitive answer later this week as to how long this project will take to complete," Petras said.

The bridge spans Texas 310 at its intersection with U.S. 175. The fuel truck hit a concrete barrier at 4:55 p.m. Sunday on eastbound U.S. 175.

The rig flipped and exploded beneath the Texas 310 overpass.

The driver escaped, but traffic in the area was throttled Monday during damage assessments by TxDOT engineers.

They inspected the damage and evaluated core samples before deciding that two spans of both the southbound and northbound portions of the bridge overpass must be replaced, Petras said.