Two hospitalized in 18-wheeler I-35 rollover

18-wheeler rollover wreck on Interstate 35

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Emergency crews took two people to the hospital after a chain-reaction crash that ended with an 18-wheeler rollover on Interstate 35 early Wednesday morning.

18-wheeler rollover wreck on Interstate 35
18-wheeler rollover wreck on Interstate 35

Crews worked to get to a person trapped inside the big rig, and they took two people from inside the big rig to University Medical Center Brackenridge. EMS officials say the people hospitalized did not not have life-threatening injuries.

An Austin police officer said a car driving in the middle lane had to brake when the pickup truck in front slammed on the brakes. The driver swerved into the left lane to miss hitting the pickup and then went into the right lane, cutting off the tractor-trailer.  Police said the semitruck driver swerved, hit the median, went up an embankment, and ultimately fell on its side.

The wreck had lanes of I-35 heading north blocked at Stassney Lane, just before Ben White Boulevard. The Stassney overpass was closed but has since reopened, in addition to all lanes of the interstate. Traffic slowly bottlenecked through the area in the early morning hours, with backups all the way into Buda. Both sides of I-35 were also at a crawl by Stassney Lane.

Crews had lanes of I-35 blocked as they worked to clear the demolished big rig, which was hauling engines.

Meanwhile, the driver of the car involved in the wreck was the only person inside at the time. The pickup that triggered the wreck took off. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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