HURST -- A man suspected of drinking and driving caused an entire traffic sign to collapse and crash onto the highway early Thursday.

Hurst police say the driver of a pickup truck was heading north on Loop 820 around 3 a.m. when he lost control near Trinity Boulevard. He left the road and hit a post, which knocked down a giant sign over the road. Only one vehicle was involved.

The driver was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. The highway was shut down for a time and reopened just before 8 a.m.

'It's a big concern because the inconvenience. Tens of thousands of people is a significant event and we want to restore the traffic flow as quick as we can, but you have to do it safely. As you saw, this was not an easy operation. It wasn't like towing a car,' Lt.Mark Schwobel with Hurst police said.

Crews worked to remove the sign for five hours. They ended up having to cut it into sections. They say they'll come back at a later time and pick up the mangled mess.

E-mail:'s JordanArmstrong contributed to this report

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