AUSTIN (KXAN) — A crash involving two big rigs had the main lanes of Interstate 35 at William Cannon Drive closed for more than five hours early Monday morning. The wreck sent one person to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. One of the semitrucks was stalled in the center lane when a second big rig crashed into it.
APD Sgt. Corey Wroblewski says at 3:24 a.m., the semitruck was heading south when it stalled out on I-35 — putting its flashers on. That’s when the second semitruck crashed behind it. The driver of the stalled-out truck was not hurt, though the driver of the second big rig was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge with critical, life-threatening injuries after being pinned in for 45 minutes. Firefighters had to put out a blaze in the engine block of the second semitruck.
An investigation is underway, and while the materials inside the trucks were unknown, they were not hazardous.
“Due to size and the content of what the semi is carrying, we have to get a special wrecker out to remove those vehicles,” said Wroblewski. “And also when the damaged happened to those vehicles, it causes problems moving off the road.”
Meanwhile, traffic was being diverted to the I-35 frontage road at William Cannon Drive. Lanes reopened to traffic shortly before 9 a.m.