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Traffic backed up at I-35 exit near Wells Branch after fatal crash involving car, semi-truck

Police said a car crashed into the back of an 18-wheeler.

WELLS BRANCH, Texas — A crash involving a car and a semi-truck is causing a traffic jam on a stretch of Interstate 35 near Wells Branch Friday morning.

At around 5:45 a.m. Friday, KVUE's Hannah Rucker reported that a stretch of I-35 at Exit 247-248 near Wells Branch was closed due to a crash. Rucker reported at around 6:15 a.m. that traffic was backing up all the way to Tech Ridge Boulevard. As of 8 a.m., the large stretch of I-35 northbound remained closed starting at Exit 248 and stretching back five miles.

Police confirmed that the crash happened around 4:55 a.m. An 18-wheeler felt a bump on the end of his truck but kept driving. He finally stopped and found a car smashed into the back of his truck. 

Police confirmed that the driver of the car was driving very fast. An adult man was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:15 a.m. The driver of the 18-wheeler is not facing any charges.

Police said there is some confusion about jurisdiction because the semi-truck stopped in Travis County, but the crash happened in Austin. The Austin Police Department's Vehicular Homicide Unit was headed to the scene as of just after 7 a.m.

Police said drivers should expect closures in the area until around 9 a.m. or 10 a.m.

No additional information is available at this time. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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