Raw video: 18-wheeler carrying around 8,800 gallons of fuel catches fire on North Freeway, HFD says | Freeway back open

Two civilians were taken to area hospitals. HFD said one of them had non-life-threatening injuries but couldn’t give an update on the other.

HOUSTON — The North Freeway headed south is back open after an 18-wheeler carrying 8,800 gallons of unleaded fuel was involved in a crash and caught fire Saturday night, according to the Houston Fire Department.

This happened shortly before 10 p.m. on the North Freeway near Tidwell. The southbound lanes were totally shut down. At 11:32 a.m., the Texas Department of Transportation said it will take crews several hours to clean the freeway and make repairs to the roadway.

According to the Houston Police Department, the fire started after a crash involving the 18-wheeler and a Chevy Tahoe. HPD said the Tahoe was trying to merge in front of the 18-wheeler when there was a collision. The driver of the Tahoe was taken to an area hospital in critical condition. The 18-wheeler suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was also taken to a hospital.

No firefighters were injured.

A HazMat crew was called to the scene and a foam blanket was applied to the fire. Once the fire was put out, HFD handed the scene over to TxDOT. The owner of the truck hired a private HazMat company to clean up the scene.

As of 4:30 p.m. Sunday, all mainlanes of the North Freeway southbound at Tidwell are back open. TxDOT said there’s still some cleanup to finish on the frontage road.

Watch the update HFD gave at the scene:

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