Interstate Reopens After Crash That Left One Critically Hurt

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BELTON (June 21, 2013)—Northbound traffic on Interstate 35 was blocked and the lanes closed Friday morning after an accident on the highway at mile marker 292 south of Belton.

Jodi Wheatley, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Transportation, initially said the accident involved a death, but later issued an update in which she said no one died, but that one victim was in extremely critical condition.

Until late Friday morning, police were diverting all northbound traffic at the 290 exit, Shanklin Road, and not allowing traffic back onto the main northbound lanes until the 293 mile marker.

The accident scene was cleared by around 11 a.m., but northbound traffic continued to move slowly because of the backup.

One of the officers there said a pickup truck with three occupants was northbound when it lost electrical power and developed mechanical problems at around 3:30 a.m. Friday.

The driver was forced to stop on the main lane of the highway and he got out and raised the hood of the truck to try to find out what was wrong.

Because the pickup truck had no lights, an 18-wheeler that was following it smashed into the back of the truck, which then ran over the pickup’s driver.

The driver and the other two occupants of the pickup were taken by ambulance to Scott & White Hospital, in Temple.

The driver of the 18-wheeler also was taken to Scott & White.