AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin fire and hazmat crews closed the northbound lanes of State Highway 130 for a couple of hours Thursday morning as they cleaned up after an 18-wheeler overturned and spilled large amounts of diesel fuel near Manor. The driver was taken to the hospital.
At about 5:32 a.m., Austin police tweeted that the big rig was blocking the northbound lanes near the 11000 block of SH-130, just south of Highway 290. Officials cleared the 18-wheeler from the scene at about 7:30 a.m.
On Friday, Austin fire officials wrote that the crash happened when the big rig driver tried to avoid a group of hogs in the middle of the road.
"He slowed down and moved over to the left lane to avoid them, but as he did, said hogs decided they needed to be in the left lane as well," officials wrote. "The driver swerved onto the shoulder to avoid them, but hit a road sign."
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After hitting the sign, officials say he tried to correct direction, lost control of his truck completely which caused it to flip. The 18-wheeler sheared off two light poles as it went. The trailer was empty but the fuel saddle tank ruptured and dumped about 40 gallons of diesel fuel onto the highway.
Austin-Travis County Medical Services personnel transported the truck driver to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas with "potentially serious injuries," officials wrote.
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