Spaghetti crash

Scattered and charred spaghetti lays along Interstate 35 in Bruceville-Eddy Tuesday after a tractor-trailer crashed.

Bruceville-Eddy Volunteer Fire Dept. photo

A fiery single-vehicle crash involving a tractor-trailer carrying spaghetti noodles on Interstate 35 in Bruceville-Eddy closed the interstate for roughly eight hours Tuesday morning.

Bruceville-Eddy police and fire crews were called to I-35 near mile-marker 315, where a tractor-trailer crashed and became fully engulfed in flames at about 2:30 a.m. Bruceville-Eddy Police Chief Bill McLean said one of the tractor-trailer’s fuel compartments broke free and erupted in fire, sending flames across both the northbound and southbound lanes of the interstate.

McLean said the tractor-trailer was traveling south on I-35 when the driver appeared to travel off the side of the roadway. The driver struck concrete barriers, flipping the truck onto its side and spilling the packaged spaghetti it was carrying.

Fire spread across the roadway, causing emergency personnel to divert traffic off the interstate for several hours. Crews worked to extinguish hot spots and clear the roadway until about 10 a.m., when the interstate was reopened.

McLean said the driver of the tractor-trailer was taken to a local hospital with moderate injuries. No other injuries were reported.

The crash remains under investigation, McLean said.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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