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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