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US 84 bridge over I-20 now open after fiery accident

Published On: Dec 24 2013 01:27:53 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 02 2013 08:51:48 PM CDT
US 84 overpass fire

Photo courtesy of Derryl Nelson

SWEETWATER, Texas -

The Highway 84 overpass at Interstate 20 between Sweetwater and Roscoe is back open.

A fiery accident closed the overpass overnight. This is the same overpass that was recently rebuilt after it was struck by an 18-wheeler in 2012.

According to the Nolan County Sheriff's office, an 18-wheeler carrying groceries from Amarillo wrecked on the overpass and caught fire.

The driver was able to escape uninjured, but the fire was so hot it damaged part of the concrete on the bridge.

Inspectors say the damage is only to the surface and the bridge is structurally sound.

TxDOT said Saturday crews are installing a concrete barrier in place of the missing railing. Drivers are being told to slow down to 60 mph in that area.

Wide loads won't be able to travel there until more permanent repairs are made.