Giant spool rolls through traffic on Houston highway

By Ben Hooper
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Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Drivers on a Houston highway had to think fast to get out of the way of a giant spool that fell from a truck and went rolling through traffic.

Mirus Academy Principal Laura Hogan, who was riding a bus on Interstate 610 with about 25 students and some teachers, captured video of the large blue spool crossing lanes of traffic.


"When you're taking a group of students, you don't expect a Ferris wheel to come right at you," Hogan told KTRK-TV.

She said the spool fell from the back of an 18-wheeler.

"The bus driver let out a loud 'yelp' and started to slam on the brakes. I thought we were about to get in a wreck, so I braced myself and looked up about to see a wreck going to happen, but what I saw was a gigantic spool," Hogan said.

Police said the semi truck driver is cooperating with an investigation into the incident and will likely receive a citation.

Giant spools previously caused traffic chaos on Houston highways Oct. 25, when one of the objects rolled into traffic on Interstate 10, and Nov. 12, when two spools were sent rolling on the East Freeway.


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