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Crews still cleaning up accident at Jackson and Nolana in Pharr

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Posted: Monday, May 18, 2009 12:00 am

PHARR — A pickup truck smashed into a tractor trailer early Monday morning at a major intersection on the border of Pharr and McAllen.

The accident occurred about 2 a.m. Monday at the intersection of Jackson Road and Nolana in Pharr. The pickup apparently headed northbound and crashed into the side of the tractor trailer, officials said at the scene.

Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes as crews continued to clean up the wreck about 11:30 a.m. Monday.

The collision occurred near the semi's fuel tanks, causing the vehicle to burst into flames. The truck was operated by UPS.

The tractor trailer's driver managed to escape his fiery rig and was not injured in the crash, said Larry Wills of the UPS security department.

"On impact, the thing blew up into flames," Wills said. "He just barely made it out."

The driver of the pickup truck apparently tried to evade the accident scene on foot, but police caught up to him and he was later arrested, officials said.

The fire caused extensive damage to the packages onboard the trailer, which was destined for McAllen, Wills said. UPS continues to recover information about the cargo and will update customers on the status of their packages, which are insured.

For more information on package recovery, visit the UPS Web site or call (800) 742-5877.

The accident backed up traffic well into rush hour Monday morning, causing cars to back up at least half a mile east of the accident scene on Nolana.

Crews continued to clean up the mess about 11:30 a.m. Monday. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

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