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TEMPLE, TX – A semi trailer truck crashed into a median and burst into flames Monday morning, September 20, on a highway in Bell County, Texas. At least one person was injured in the truck accident that occurred in the city of Temple, TX and would shut down a section of Interstate 35 for several hours. The accident area is in the east central section of the state, about 68 miles north of Austin, TX and about 130 miles south of Dallas-Fort Worth.

On Monday morning a semi trailer truck was moving through Bell County, TX, traveling south on Interstate 35. The trailer truck was carrying a cargo for a hardware store. The identity of the truck driver has not been released.

The truck accident occurred at about 7:30 a.m. Monday morning when the interstate was filled with commuter traffic. According to police, the southbound semi trailer truck collided with a red sedan in the area of the interstate near Midway Drive-Exit 297. A witness reported hearing a tire blow out but it has not been determined if a blown tire was a factor in the crash or was caused by the collision.

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The impact of the truck accident caused the semi trailer to jackknife and slam into the median. The 18 wheeler truck then rolled over onto its side and skidded several hundred feet, knocking over a light pole which fell into the northbound lanes of the interstate. The trailer truck finally came to a stop, pinning the red sedan against the barrier. The crash damaged one of the fuel tanks and the semi trailer exploded into flames.

Temple firefighters rushed to the scene and began to battle the flames of the burning semi trailer. Emergency medical personnel were also at the site to give aid to any victims of the truck accident. The front section of the red sedan was crushed and the unidentified driver sustained injuries. The driver was stabilized at the scene and then transported to a nearby hospital.

It is not known at this time if the driver of the semi was injured in the truck accident.

The truck fire was finally extinguished and a highway crew was brought in to get the wreckage of the burnt trailer truck towed off the grassy median of the interstate. Another team worked to get the fallen light pole off the northbound traffic lanes. Police shut down both directions of the interstate around the truck accident scene while the various teams worked. The northbound lanes were reopened a few hours after the collision but the southbound lanes were expected to be restricted into Monday afternoon.

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Police are investigating the truck accident but have not released their findings at this time. It is believed they are conducting a reconstruction of the collision to determine if the crash was caused by driver error or mechanical failure.

No charges or citations have been brought at this time and the truck accident remains under investigation.


For more information about Texas trucking laws, truck injury causes and victims rights, contact a nationwide truck accident attorney at Gordon, Elias & Seely, LLP for expert advice. For a free initial consultation, talk to a TX truck accident lawyer at 800.773.6770.

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