An 18-wheeler — filled to the brim with flour — tipped over onto its side in Main Plaza around noon on Wednesday, snarling downtown traffic for more than four hours.

David Ferguson, New Braunfels Police Department communications coordinator, said the truck toppled over as it traveled eastbound on Seguin Street into Main Plaza. Police and fire units arrived on the scene at 12:10 p.m.

“Officers arrived and found the truck on its side in the outside lane of traffic near the Plaza/South Seguin Ave. outlet from the traffic circle,” he said. “The driver of the truck, a 50-year old male from New Braunfels, was uninjured in the crash.”

Traffic was rerouted on streets adjacent to the plaza as industrial tow trucks were brought in to upright the vehicle, which was hauling approximately 50,000 pounds of flour. 

“It took four large wreckers to eventually right the truck before it could be towed from the scene,” Ferguson added. “Additionally, there was a moderate amount of fluids that leaked from the rig of the truck following the crash, which was then cleaned up by New Braunfels fire crews.”

The plaza re-opened at approximately 4:10 p.m. Ferguson said NBPD’s preliminary investigation indicated the speed of the truck was a factor in the accident, which is still being investigated by the department’s Traffic Unit. Charges may be pending, he added.

“The New Braunfels Police Department would like to thank area drivers for their patience during this incident and the resulting traffic delays,” he said. “Additionally, NBPD would like to recognize the teamwork exhibited by the multiple wrecker crews that worked together on this incident to safely right the truck and remove it from the roadway.”

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