Northbound lanes of Interstate 35 were closed early Tuesday morning after two 18-wheelers crashed on the freeway.
KXAN reports the crash occurred on I-35 near Oltorf Steet in south Austin around 4:12 am. One of the 18-wheelers ended up blocking multiple lanes of traffic, and all northbound lanes were closed as responders addressed the scene.
Lanes remained closed for into morning rush hour traffic, but some lanes were opened by 6:00 am.
One of the drivers was taken to the hospital for treatment. Details on the other driver were not immediately available.
There was no information on the cause of the 18-wheeler crash. The accident remains under investigation.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 4,951 people were killed in accidents involving large trucks and 18-wheelers in the United States in 2018. This marked a 1-percent increase over 2017.
Of those killed, 71 percent were occupants of passenger vehicles, 18 percent were occupants of large trucks and 18-wheelers, 11 percent were pedestrians and bicyclists.
More than three-quarters of fatal 19-wheeler accidents occurred on weekdays.
Texas led the country in trucking accident deaths with 664 fatalities recorded. Texas was followed by California with 352 deaths and Florida with 321 deaths.
Another 151,000 people were injured in 18-wheeler and truck accidents in 2018.
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