ELM MOTT (July 28, 2014) Northbound lanes of Interstate 35 near Elm Mott had re-opened Monday just before noon after a major accident and fire early Monday morning that sent eight people to local hospitals including one driver who was severely burned.
Just before 2 a.m. Monday a southbound 18-wheeler crashed through the median barrier wall, skidded into the northbound lane and collided with another 18-wheeler and a pickup truck, Department of Public Safety Trooper D.L. Wilson said.
The driver of the southbound 18-wheeler was burned in a fire that consumed his rig after the crash and was flown to Parkland Hospital in Dallas where he was in stable condition Monday afternoon
The three adults and three children who were riding in the pickup truck were taken by ambulance to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center with what Wilson said were non-life-threatening injuries.
They were all treated and later released, authorities said.
The driver of the second 18-wheeler was pinned in his truck cab and had to be freed by firefighters.
He was flown to Hillcrest and was listed in fair condition with leg injuries.
A communications officer for the Department of Public Safety said northbound traffic would be diverted onto an access road for “some time” while crews cleared debris from the roadway.
Southbound lanes had re-opened just before 8 a.m., although traffic still was moving extremely slowly.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation, Wilson said.