Austin Local News
I-35 Reopens Following 18-Wheeler Crash
(Credit: KLBJ Staff)
Northbound I-35 was shutdown for hours on Tuesday after two 18-wheelers crashed around 2:00 a.m.
The driver of one of the trucks was pinned inside of the cab. Fire crews worked to extract the driver, which proved to be quite difficult. In a tweet from the Austin Fire Department, officials say it took more than 90 minutes to get the driver out, and crews essentially had to dismantle the entire cab. Officials say the driver was severely injured, but is expected to survive.
According to Austin police, one of the trucks was stopped because of construction near William Cannon when the second truck rear-ended the first. The crash then sent diesel fuel spilling across the northbound lanes.
Traffic was diverted onto the service road until 9:00 a.m. when I-35 was finally reopened.