• Deja vu: Runaway giant spool rolls down Houston inters

    By: Bob D'Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    HOUSTON - Those runaway spools are becoming a big problem for drivers in Houston.

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    About 25 students, along with their teachers and principal, were riding on a school bus Friday headed for a field trip when an 18-wheeler lost a giant spool, KTRK reported.

    It’s the third time since October that a spool has gotten loose on a Houston interstate. On Oct. 25, drivers dodged a giant spool that rolled onto I-10 just before lunchtime. On Nov. 12, drivers avoided two spools near the East Freeway, the television station reported.

    Friday, students from the Mirus Academy in Katy were heading to the Holocaust Museum when they saw the spool.

    "We're talking and we look outside and there was a big blue thing rolling down the highway and went from the left side to the right side," a student named Sydney told KTRK.

    "When you're taking a group of students, you don't expect a Ferris wheel to come right at you," Principal Laura Hogan, who captured some of the incident on her cell phone, told the television station.

    "The bus driver let out a loud 'yelp' and started to slam on the brakes,” Hogan told KTRK. “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.”

    The truck driver was cited, the television station reported. There were no injuries.

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