Major Accident Shuts Down I 35 in McLennan County Monday Morning

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ELM MOTT, Texas - Northbound lanes of Interstate 35 near Elm Mott remained closed at 10 a.m. Monday after a major accident and fire early Monday morning.

A communications officer for the Department of Public Safety said northbound traffic would be diverted onto an access road for “some time” while crews cleared debris from the roadway.

A spokesman for Texas Department of Transportation estimated the roadway would be cleared at about 11 a.m..

Traffic was reported backed up two to four miles.

Southbound lanes had re-opened just before 8 a.m., though traffic still was moving extremely slowly.

Just before 2 a.m. a truck tractor, semi-trailer traveling southbound crashed through the median barrier wall and skidded into the northbound lane, DPS Trooper D.L. Wilson said.

The southbound truck struck another northbound 18-wheeler and then a northbound Ford pickup truck.

The driver of the southbound 18-wheeler was severely burned in a fire that consumed the truck tractor after the crash and was flown to Parkland Hospital in Dallas for treatment.

Three adults and two children in the pickup truck were taken by ambulance to Baylor Scott and White Hillcrest Medical Center for treatment of non life-threatening injuries, Wilson said.

The driver of the second 18-wheeler was pinned in his truck cab and had to be freed by firefighters.

He was flown to Hillcrest and was listed in stable condition later in the morning.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation, Wilson said.

DPS troopers immediately diverted traffic both north and southbound onto access roads while firefighters battled the truck fire and other crews began cleanup of debris.

News 3's Clay Falls was driving through the area around 7:30 A.M. and was able to snap several pictures of the scene and was delayed about 30 minutes trying to detour around the accident.