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Traffic Mayhem Ensues After Major Accident on I-37

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

A major accident on I-37 and Port caused headaches for many drivers on Tuesday. It was so bad they had to close off the interstate for hours.

Kiii News Reporter Anayeli Ruiz went Live at the scene with the details on what happened.

The driver of a black pickup truck lost control of his vehicle, hit a barricade and then hit the rear end of an 18-wheeler just after noon, causing the big rig to lose control and jackknife, striking one of the support struts of an overhead sign.

The 18-wheeler spilled about 150-200 gallons of diesel, and Hazmat crews were called out to help clean up the mess. They had to use a special substance to absorb the diesel, and put some sand on the road.

The driver of the 18-wheeler was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, and the driver of the pickup walked away with no injuries.

The driver of the pickup truck did not want to comment, but his mother was thankful that he was okay.

"When I got here, it was worse than what I expected, but thank God that my son is okay," said San Juanita Yanez, said the driver's mother.

The driver of the pickup truck did receive a citation for failure to control speed.

The southbound lanes of I-37 were closed off for hours during the clean up, and two northbound lanes were also closed off. The Texas Department of Transportation had to bring in several cranes in order to pick up the sign. Drivers were diverted from Nueces Bay Boulevard onto Leopard Street.

Seconds before the major accident occurred, a small red car lost control and hit some traffic drums. Luckily, that driver was uninjured.