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LORENA, TX – Two 18 wheelers were involved in a fiery semi truck crash on I-35 in Lorena, TX on August 13, 2013. One big rig went through a guard rail and caught fire after hitting another tractor trailer. Lorena is located in McLennan County, Texas in the central part of the state about 13 miles southwest of Waco.

A section of pavement on the southbound I-35 had to be replaced after being destroyed by burning diesel fuel from a fiery semi truck crash in Lorena, TX on August 13, 2013.

The accident occurred at about 5:20 a.m. at mile marker 322 near Farm to Market 2837 on the morning of Tuesday, August 13, 2013. A semi truck going southbound on I-35 inexplicably pulled hard to the right, striking another tractor trailer and then crashing through a guard rail.

Map shows location of fiery semi truck crash on the southbound I-35 near mile marker 322 and Farm to Market 2837 in Lorena, TX on August 13, 2013.

The big rig’s fuel tank must have ruptured in the crash because the truck and its trailer were set ablaze from diesel fuel that was spilled in the accident. The truck was hauling crates made from metal and plastic.

The truck driver was traveling with his wife and two dogs. All managed to escape unhurt. The trucker felt that some kind of mechanical problem may have caused the 18 wheeler to go out of control.

The accident caused a traffic snarl for the better part of a day while work crews cleaned up the debris and make repairs to the road. Traffic was backed up for about 3 miles and had to be diverted at FM 2837 and Rosenthal Rd.

About 800 feet of roadway was totally demolished and had to be replaced before the southbound lanes of the Interstate could be re-opened around 2:00 p.m.

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