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.
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.