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.Email | Print