Utility bridge damaged; I-10 expected to reopen Friday around midnight

Utility bridge collapses early Friday morning

I-10 is expected to reopen on Friday around midnight according to TxDOT after a semi-truck crashed into a utility bridge Thursday afternoon.

KFOX14 reporter Simon Williams saw a portion of the utility bridge collapse around 7:20 a.m Friday.

The Texas Department of Transportation said it was a planned collapse.

According to Texas Department of Transportation, I-10 westbound will exit at Mesa and reenter at Yandell.

On ramps closed: Copia, Piedras, Cotton/Dallas. I-10 eastbound will exit Downtown and reenter on Wyoming. On ramp Porfirio Diaz will be closed.

The driver of the semi-truck lost control and drove up the side wall along the interstate until he struck a utility bridge, said El Paso Fire Department spokesman Enrique Aguilar.

Video captured of the aftermath shows a man climbing out of the semi-truck as it's in flames.

The company of the semitruck, White Mountain Trucking, told KFOX14 they are glad the driver is OK.

A spokesman for the company said he was released from the hospital.

The driver was reaching for a water bottle, steered too far to the right when he lost control and drove up the embankment, said the spokesman for the trucking company.

Water, gas, electrical and phone lines run along the damaged bridge that was struck.

Crews with El Paso Water responded to a large water main break that was caused by the crash.

Low water pressure is expected north of Montana between Prospect and Campbell.

The crash was reported around 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Miraculously no injuries have been reported, according to the El Paso Fire Department.

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