ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Interstate 35 was snarled in Round Rock for several hours following a crash that involved multiple carsand toppled a light post into the driving lanes. All northbound lanes of I-35 in Round Rock reopened by 7:30 p.m. Southbound lanes were cleared around 9:15 p.m.
Police diverted traffic onto the access roads during the closure. Both directions of Interstate 35 were closed about 2:15 p.m., immediately following the crash. Five people were hurt in the crash that happened just south of FM 620.
“[There are] just too many people in Austin and just not enough room,” said Mila Bhattarai, who got stuck in traffic. “Tried to exit, and it just didn’t work. Her battery just died right now.”
Serina Valerio and Mila Bhattarai got help jumping their car at a gas station along I-35. It’s another twist in what they thought would be a short drive down the highway.
“It should take about 12 minutes normally, but it took over three hours, or 2 1/2 hours,” said Serina.
“This is like the longest we’ve ever waited in traffic,” said Mila.
Police say a northbound 18-wheeler had a tire blowout, causing the driver to lose control. He swerved and lost his load of heavy, metal plates into the southbound lanes. Nine vehicles were damaged, either by the falling plates or from colliding with other vehicles. A light pole was knocked into the northbound lanes during the accident.
Five people were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries.