Highway 79 in Rockdale opens to traffic following tanker crash

Published: Aug. 9, 2017 at 8:06 PM CDT
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9:00 p.m. update - TxDOT says the accident scene has been cleared, and the highway has opened sooner than expected. Traffic is now allowed to resume on US 79.


Highway 79 in Rockdale is closed due to an accident involving an 18-wheeler. This accident happened about .2 miles west of the US 77 overpass on US 79.

Traffic will be detoured for the next 24 hours while this area is cleared.

Motorists in Rockdale on US 79 will be detoured to FM 908 to US 77 up to US 190/SH 36.

From Milano, motorists will be detoured onto US 77 southbound to FM 908.

Motorists east of US 79 will be detoured to US 190/SH 36 south of Cameron.

According to the Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department's Facebook page, the truck is carrying phosphoric acid, but is not leaking.