Four Injured, One Seriously, In Seven-Vehicle I-35 Crash

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TEMPLE (March 10, 2014) Four people were injured, one of them seriously, after seven vehicles collided in an Interstate 35 highway crash late Sunday night.

A Department of Public Safety trooper at the scene just before midnight Monday said one of those injured was actually struck by an 18-wheeler that was involved in the crash.

The accident happened at about 11:35 p.m. Sunday at southbound mile marker 306 when an 18-wheeler rolled off the main lanes of the interstate, over a concrete barrier and skidded down a concrete slope.

Troopers at the scene said they believe the truck driver was trying to avoid a pile up that happened in front of him.

For a time all main lanes of the southbound highway were blocked while crews dealt with the crash vehicles and debris left on the roadway but by about 4:30 a.m. the roadway had been cleared to normal traffic, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Transportation said.

There were in all 11 people involved in the crash.

Four were taken to a Temple hospital and one of them, who was reported to have been hit by the 18-wheeler, was said to be in serious condition.

The extent of the others injuries was not immediately known but they were known to be in non-life-threatening condition, a Troy police officer said.

As well, investigators had not yet commented on the cause of the initial crash.