MILAM COUNTY - A Milano man is dead and a 5-year-old-girl is in the hospital Tuesday morning following a horrific crash in Milam County.
The accident happened around 10 Monday night along Highway 36 just a few miles south of Milano.
It created traffic backups in both directions for hours.
News 3's Clay Falls was on scene early Tuesday morning and spoke with drivers who were stranded as well as investigators about the accident.
A frightening scene on Highway 36 in Milam County early Tuesday morning after a Chevy Silverado Pickup Truck and 18-wheeler crashed.
The driver of the pickup 33-year-old Adam Apollo Alderman of Milano was killed while his passenger a 5-year-old girl was airlifted to Scott and White Children's Hospital in Temple.
The 18-wheeler driver Lazarro Guzman-Duran of Houston was not hurt and could be seen walking around after the accident.
The crash created major problems for drivers like Rebecca Luckey of Rockdale who along with dozens of other drivers got stuck with the accident blocking both directions of travel.
"Yes just a little after 10 P.M. I came up upon the accident and I've just been sitting here since so it's been about two hours or a little over two hours now. No activity," she said.
She'd end up waiting more than three hours before able to move forward to the final stretch back home.
"Yes for my route that I go to this is the best route so I just have to sit and wait it out until the road's clear," said Luckey.
Tow trucks worked late into the night to clear the 18-wheeler that was blocking the road as well as haul off the Chevy Silverado that
was hardly recognizable from the front.
"Oh it's definitely if there's a loss of life it's a horrible accident and we just pray for the family that has lost a loved one," said Rebecca Luckey.
A sad situation as the investigation into what caused the crash begins.
The condition of 5-year-old girl flown to Temple is unknown at this time.
Her name has also not been released yet.
The highway reopened around 1:15 Tuesday morning.