AUSTIN, Texas — A fatal crash on southbound Interstate 35 caused major traffic delays Tuesday morning.
Austin-Travis County EMS (ATCEMS) reported just before 8:30 a.m. that medics and Austin Fire Department crews were responding to a reported collision involving a large truck with a smaller vehicle underneath it near 100 North Interstate 35 southbound, close to Cesar Chavez Street. At least one patient was pinned inside.
Just before 8:40 a.m., ATCEMS said medics had declared one patient dead at the scene. The driver of the large truck remained entrapped and medics were working to extricate them. They were successful by 8:54 a.m., and that patient was transported to a hospital with potentially serious injuries.
Just after 9 a.m., ATCEMS said medics identified a second patient in the vehicle under the large truck and declared that patient dead at the scene.
At 9:12 a.m., ATCEMS a total of three vehicles and four adult patients were involved in the crash. Two were declared dead at the scene, while two others were transported to the hospital.
TxDOT Austin said at 8:49 a.m. that all lanes were closed on southbound I-35 at Sixth Street. Traffic is detouring to the frontage road at Exit 234B. Both TxDOT and the Austin Police Department said drivers could expect major delays and to avoid the area if possible.
Roadways were reopened around 1:45 p.m.
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