TROY (April 21, 2013)--Traffic was backed up on I-35 for a couple of hours Sunday afternoon as emergency responders handled a five-vehicle accident.
(Photo by Kristin Gordon)
I-35 northbound was temporarily blocked off around Exit 308 so the traffic accident could be cleared.
The chain of events began when a white Toyota Corolla blew a tire causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle, which hit a Honda.
The Honda crashed into a tanker truck and ended up under the trailer.
The Toyota also hit a Chevy dually truck which was then rear-ended by a Lexus SUV.
A portion of the accident happened on the inside lane of I-35.
The Honda and 18-wheeler skidded off the road into a ditch next to the service road. The 18-wheeler, which normally carries fuel, happened to have an empty tank.
"God smiled on us today," said State Trooper Stephen Royal. "America had a bad week last week and thank God it didn't start out bad this week."
Temple Fire & Rescue were on the scene standing by with fire hoses in case the fuel tanker sparked during the towing process.
All of the vehicles involved in the accident had one person in each car. The driver from the Honda and Toyota were taken to Scott & White Hospital with minor injuries.
When the northbound lanes were re-opened, traffic had backed up all the way to Temple. Drivers in the Southbound lane trying to get a glimpse of the accident caused a minor fender bender between two vehicles.