ELM MOTT, Texas — Two 18-wheeler trucks were involved in a fiery accident on the northbound I-35 Wednesday night, Oct. 17, that claimed the life of one of the truck drivers.
The accident occurred at about 10:30 p.m. when the driver of one 18-wheeler slowed down because of a closed lane in a construction zone and another 18-wheeler truck was unable to stop before the two collided. The driver of the second 18-wheeler could not stop, and his truck ran into the back of the first truck.
The second truck burst into flames on impact, trapping the driver inside.
DPS Trooper D.L. Wilson said construction crewman tried to save the driver of the burning truck, but the door of the truck was jammed. Wilson said it appeared the driver already was dead.
The driver of the second truck was pronounced dead at the scene.
His identity has not yet been released pending notification of his next of kin.
The driver of the first 18-wheeler was flown to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco with non-life threatening injuries.
Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Ken Roberts said that one of the trucks was carrying aluminum engine parts, which burned with such intensity the roadway surface was damaged to a depth of 1-1/2 inches.
The road surface had to be milled to remove the damaged pavement and re-surfaced, Roberts said.
The I-35 reopened to traffic by late Thursday morning, after crews completed a massive cleanup and repairs.
The incident remains under investigation at this time.
Posted by Houston truck accident lawyer Gordon, Elias & Seely, LLP