Whatever You Do, Don't Drive on 610 Near 59 South Today!

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Well, crap.
If you were planning on taking a trip to the Galleria today, you might want to rethink those plans. An oil tanker turned over on 610 South at 59 and it has closed the entire freeway down. Reports are suggesting one of the busiest interchanges in the city could be closed ALL DAY. Yikes.

In recent days, this intersection was revealed to be, to the surprise of no one, the most accident-prone in the city and one of the worst in the state. It's a brutal bastard of an interchange, and anyone who has had to drive it even once wishes they hadn't.

Today, that will only be made worse.

This particular wreck happened just before 6 a.m. this morning. Hey, perfect timing! The truck was reportedly carrying flammable fuel of some kind, and HAZMAT teams were on the scene quickly to start mopping up the mess.

There have been no reports as yet with regard to injuries or what caused the accident.

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Ihatestupidpeople
Ihatestupidpeople

Maybe stuff like this wouldn't happen if people weren't so damn stupid about merging. Waiting until the last minute to zip over to the lane you should be in does not mean everyone you just passed up who was actually in the correct lane should stop to accommodate you. If you're late either leave earlier or just accept being late. Those 3 or 4 car lengths are not going to make you less late by that much.

Zac Elizondo
Zac Elizondo

It's poor driving that causes accidents. Speeding, improper lane change, not paying attention, tail gating, texting while driving, on Facebook, twitter, emails, doing makeup, on the phone, the list goes on. People need to take away this distractions and just drive. Then when the accident does happen you get the rubber nickers. They cause more issues. I drive this route everyday and most of the accidents are when people are driving to close and the person in front stops suddenly then they rear end someone.

Alan Timme
Alan Timme

Poor design is the reason for all of the accidents. I live close by and there are accidents almost everyday.

Patty De La Garza
Patty De La Garza

50 min to work today...I live 4 miles from work!!! usually 6 min. drive door to door!

Veronica Henley
Veronica Henley

Totalled my car there in February. Total lameness. Idiot stopped suddenly in front of me because someone tried to merge in front of her and rather than tapping her brakes, she locked them up.

Jacqueline Guerra Y. Paz
Jacqueline Guerra Y. Paz

i've always known that west loop 610 northbound @ 59 interchange section to be entirely accident prone...but why? i can't figure it out.. most of the accidents i've seen have to do with traffic slowing down very quickly and drivers not paying attention, but that happens everywhere.. why this particular section so much? people trying to get over really fast?? explanations anyone?

Melia Hughes
Melia Hughes

Oh, sweet baby Jesus...it's bad enough there on a good day!

Jack_Around
Jack_Around

Seriously, who is the architect responsible for that interchange? Specifically 610S to 59. Worst. Design. Ever.

Jason Maxie
Jason Maxie

That sucks! But it's scary to think of that happening at the same time while driving on the overpass as its happening.

RebeccaS
RebeccaS

This could have been much, much worse. Thank goodness, it didn't catch on fire or blow up. Wasn't this same site of the ammonia truck wreck way back in the 70s?

Ryan Cantu
Ryan Cantu

That stretch of the highway is always stupid, what's new?

H_e_x
H_e_x

@Ihatestupidpeople I-10 to 45. Happens every time I'm on it. What those damn fools don't know is that if they followed the basic traffic protocols and merged earlier there would be less traffic, but they are so fucking stupid stupid and selfish that they slow their journey and everyone else's without even knowing it.

H_e_x
H_e_x

@Jack_Around Oh god, throw in the ramp coming from the Westpark Tollway and you have one hell of a clusterfuck.

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