Semi-truck Driver Charged with DUI
A truck driver believed to be driving intoxicated failed to properly maneuver his 18-wheeler along the northbound lanes of I-45 around noon on Saturday in Conroe. The semi-truck accident caused slight traffic delays while the wreckage debris and spillage was cleaned up.
Driver James Marvin Lee was carrying 65,000 pounds of industrial cement when he wrecked into the concrete barrier and guardrail while attempting to exit to Wilson Rd./87-B exit. Lee suffered minor injuries from the truck collision, while the truck accident caused a portion of its load of concrete and gravel mix to spill onto the freeway.
Conroe Police Department stated that Lee was transported to Conroe Regional Medical Center by Montgomery County Hospital District. They administered a alcohol blood test, which confirmed that Lee was in fact drinking and driving. The Conroe Police Department arrested Lee to the Montgomery County Jail.
Wilson Rd. exit was closed for a duration of up to 10 hours while TxDOT hazmat cleanup crews worked to remove the gravel-cement mix from the I-45 roadway and exit. The Wilson Rd. exit reopened around 10 pm after the 18-wheeler was loaded onto an industrial tow-truck and the spillage was contained. No other vehicles or injuries were involved on the interstate roadways.
Source: Your Houston News, "18-wheeler driver crashes, spills partial load, charged with DUI," Ana Ramirez, Dec. 21, 2013