Two separate vehicle fires snarled traffic on I-35 and SH 130

RV on fire on I-35 near Slaughter Lane (Report It: Sarah Pichler)
RV on fire on I-35 near Slaughter Lane (Report It: Sarah Pichler)

AUSTIN (KXAN) —  As if getting home the day before Thanksgiving isn’t hard enough, drivers had to deal with major backups on two major freeways through Travis County Wednesday afternoon.

The first traffic headache was on Interstate 35 at Slaughter Lane due to an RV that caught on fire. The Manchaca Fire Rescue says the vehicle fire happened right before 3 p.m. in the southbound lanes of I-35. The RV also spilled 40 gallons of fuel so crews had to spend several hours cleaning up the mess. No one was injured in the fire.

The burnt RV was cleared off the freeway by 6:30 p.m.

RV on fire on I-35 near Slaughter Lane via TxDOT camera.
RV on fire on I-35 near Slaughter Lane via TxDOT camera.

I-35 wasn’t the only freeway experiencing major delays. Over on the SH 130 toll, a concrete truck going southbound near Harold Green Road caught fire around 4:30 p.m. In a very similar situation, crews also spent several hours working on cleaning up spilled fuel. The freeway was back open by 8 p.m.

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