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FROM SUBMITTED REPORTS

One person died and four others were injured Tuesday afternoon in a fiery crash that destroyed two semi trucks and a passenger vehicle and snarled traffic for hours near exit 204 on Interstate 35.

Four people involved in the crash were transported to Central Texas Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.

Northbound traffic on the interstate was slowing for a minor accident shortly after 3:30 p.m. when a gravel truck swerved, sideswiped two other semi trucks and two passenger vehicles, and hit the middle wall, knocking part of its load of gravel into the inside southbound lane.

The gravel truck then struck another passenger vehicle, forcing it into another semi truck, and the three vehicles caught on fire in the right-hand shoulder of the interstate.

Flying gravel damaged a vehicle traveling in the southbound lane of IH-35. In all, eight vehicles were damaged in the crash.

Firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 3:36 p.m. and arrived at 3:42 p.m. The fire was substantially out by 4:06 p.m., with fire personnel dousing hot spots a short time later.

The crash closed all northbound lanes and the northbound access road, as well as one southbound lane, which reopened after two hours. Hazmat personnel are working to clean up spilled diesel from the trucks’ fuel tanks.

The police department’s collision investigation team is continuing its investigation. The identity of the deceased has not been released pending notification of next-of-kin.

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4 thoughts on “Fiery 8-vehicle wreck kills one, injures four on Interstate 35

  1. I am outraged over the recklessness of today’s truck drivers !! I can’t tell you how many times that I have looked over my shoulder while they are passing me and they are reading their e-mails. I hope the police investigate the gravel truck driver’s cell phone to determine if he was actively texting, calling, or reading his e-mails.

    Another thing that bothers me even though there are many signs on Hwy 35 that read no trucks in the left lane, I see truck drivers abusing this law all the time. They drive aggressively and way too fast !!!

  2. Any of you know for sure whether the gravel truck driver swerved because of another vehicle’s mistake? Just asking.

  3. I read in a story on another site that the gravel truck swerved to avoid a minor accident that happened in front of him.

    This was a tragic accident but it’s misguided to point fingers at truck drivers because of it. Generally speaking, those guys are the best drivers on the road.

  4. Yes I agree Some truck drivers use their cell phones, but so do common everyday drivers. So dont be so quick to point the finger

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