18-wheeler crash shuts down FM 812, 973 intersection for nearly 12 hours Wednesday


TRAVIS COUNTY (KXAN) — An 18-wheeler crash in eastern Travis County shut down an intersection for almost 12 hours near the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and Circuit of the Americas race track Wednesday.

After the crash, the Travis County Sheriff’s Office said traffic was flowing through the intersection of Farm to Market Road 812 and Farm to Market Road 973, but when the crane showed up to help lift a big rig back up, it was a bit more of a project than earlier thought.

The sheriff’s office tweeted about the crash at 9:21 a.m. and delivered an update at 3:22 p.m., saying the first crane was in position and the second was in progress to remove the 18-wheeler.

Around 9 p.m., the sheriff’s office said it was close to clearing the crash, but just 30 minutes later, after getting the 18-wheeler on another vehicle to tow away, the sheriff’s office tweeted a picture showing it had fallen back into the roadway.

Despite the mishap, crews cleared the scene around 11 p.m. Wednesday.

The intersection is east of U.S. Highway 183 and west of State Highway 130, south of the airport and east of the race track.

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