The portion of Hwy. 7 in the west metro had that closed Wednesday morning after a commercial vehicle hauling an oversized load crashed has reopened, the State Patrol said.

The highway was closed in both directions between between Rolling Acres Road in Victoria and Hwy.  41 in Shorewood after the crash, which occurred around 3:30 a.m. just east of Lake Virginia.

The truck was carrying a 368-thousand pound tank. Officials are working to build a crane to lift the tank onto a new 20-axle trailer, the State Patrol said.

State Patrol commercial vehicle inspectors worked to determine why the load shifted and fell from the truck. The truck carrying the load leaked both diesel fuel and hydraulic fluids. It is unknown how much fluid was lost in the leaks, but all leaks are now contained, the patrol said..

During the closure, traffic was being diverted down to Hwys. 5 or 212.

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