I-35 in South Austin back open after triple semi crash

Three semi trucks crash in the northbound lanes of I-35, causing hours-long closures. Oct. 4, 2016 (Courtesy: Devin Blake Byrnes)
Three semi trucks crash in the northbound lanes of I-35, causing hours-long closures. Oct. 4, 2016 (Courtesy: Devin Blake Byrnes)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — After nearly six hours of being shut down due to a crash, the northbound lanes of Interstate 35 at Oltorf Street is back open.

The crash involving three 18-wheelers happened just before noon and had the freeway shut down until 6 p.m. One of the trucks, which was heavily damaged, was carrying concrete beams used on highways.

An oil spill that caused much of the backup was cleaned from the interstate.

Traffic maps indicate northbound traffic was backed up all the way to Slaughter Lane. Police say only one truck driver had minor injuries.

That section of I-35 has been a trouble spot for crashes. Last October, two semi trucks crashed into each other. The crash left both drivers pinned inside the trucks, leaving one with serious injuries.

TxDOT is starting work on safety improvements on this stretch of I-35, the work will include extended entrance and exit lanes, and wider frontage roads.

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