Raw video: 18-wheeler carrying around 8,800 gallons of fuel catches fire on North Freeway, HFD says | Freeway to be closed for hours

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 — Two people were injured and the North Freeway headed remains shut down after an 18-wheeler carrying 8,800 gallons of unleaded fuel 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 8:03 a.m., the Texas Department of Transportation said crews were still working to clean the scene and that it would still be multiple hours before the freeway to be clear off for them to assess damage.

We don’t yet know what led up to the fire. Two people were taken to area hospitals. HFD said one of them had non-life-threatening injuries but couldn’t give an update on the other. 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.

Watch the update HFD gave at the scene:

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