A one-vehicle wreck involving a semitrailer closed northbound U.S. Highway 75 for nearly 12 hours early Tuesday morning. The wreck occurred just past Spur 503 and diverted traffic off of the highway and onto the spur service road.
The wreck occurred shortly after 1:30 a.m. when a truck travelling northbound went off of the roadway just north of the spur, Denison Police Lt. Paul Neumann said Tuesday afternoon. After leaving the roadway, the driver of the truck overcorrected and left the roadway a second time before the vehicle fell over on its side, Texas Department of Transportation Public Information Officer Tim McAlavy added.
Neumann said the driver told first responders that an animal ran into the roadway and he swerved to try and avoid striking it. The truck was hauling several thousand pounds of tile, and the weight of the load caused the truck to start sinking in the mud from rains earlier in the day, he said.
“The longer it sat in that wet ground, the further it sank,” he said.
Crews with TxDOT worked until about 2 p.m. to clear the scene. Despite leaving the roadway itself, Neumann said first responders and clean up crews needed to utilize the roadway for staging and recovery efforts. He added that it took two semi-trailer tow trucks to right the wrecked vehicle and remove it from the mud.
McAlavy said a crew of about six TxDOT workers helped clear the roadway of mud and other debris that was displaced in the wreck.