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Truck hits median barrier, bursts into flames on I-35

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Published: Aug. 1, 2017 at 2:59 AM CDT
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A truck tractor, semi-trailer at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday struck an interstate median barrier and burst into flames in Bruceville-Eddy and traffic southbound was crawling.

First responders at the scene also had the northbound side of the highway blocked near exit 315 while they cleared the area of debris.

As first responders were clearing that scene, another crash was reported about three miles north of the first site.

The second accident, reported at 6:40 a.m., involved three vehicles and initial reports were that some were injured.

Bruceville-Eddy first responders were dispatched to the second accident scene but all their personnel already were busy with the truck wreck, so dispatchers notified Lorena and McGregor firefighters for mutual aid.

The truck driver was taken by ambulance to Scott and White Memorial Hospital, in Temple, but officers at the scene said he was taken mainly as a precaution.

Waco fire’s hazmat team was at the scene to mitigate any hazardous spills.

The crash scene was cleared by just before 11 a.m., but traffic was barely moving in the Lorena, area, officials said.