TxDOT: I-10 downtown area expected to reopen around Friday midnight

CRews worked Thursday and Friday to cleanup the mess along I-10 that was left behind from a fiery crash near downtown El Paso. (Credit: KFOX14/CBS4)

I-10 is expected to reopen on Friday at midnight according to TxDOT.

Crews have been working throughout Thursday and early Friday morning to remove the semitruck that plowed through a utility bridge Thursday afternoon.

Debris at the crash site was removed, along with diesel fuel that had spilled from the semitruck, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

Early Friday morning, crews stabilized utilities that were placed along the damaged bridge, TxDOT said.

The utility bridge has electrical, gas, water and phone lines running through it.

Around 9 a.m. the bridge came down when crews were lifting the beams. TxDOT said it was expected and their crews were prepared.

Cleanup to remove debris from the fallen structure started around 9:40 a.m.

Water and electrical services to the area were not impacted, according to El Paso water and electric spokespeople.

TxDOT officials said crews are working to have the highway reopened as soon as possible.

The company that owns the semitruck is responsible for covering the costs of all the repairs, TXDOT said.

We will continue to update this news article when new information is released.

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