Northbound I-35 lanes now open after fiery 18-wheeler crash near Austin

Update: 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 20: According to its social media page, TxDOT crews have cleared all Northbound I-35 lanes near SH 45 Southeast. The Texas government agency shared the news on Twitter. 

Southbound lanes off I-35 near SH 45 Southeast now have two lanes open as work crews work toward clearing the rest of the debris, the agency alerted on Twitter. 

Original story as follows:

A traffic nightmare is unfolding in Austin after a fiery overnight crash involving an 18-wheeler. A portion of Interstate 35 near Texas 45, south of Austin, is still closed in both directions.

TxDOT crews are working to clear the roadway. Traffic is being pushed onto the frontage roads, but it’s still slow-moving.

Traffic stalled on I-35 in Austin due to overnight 18-wheeler crash

Traffic stalled on I-35 in Austin due to overnight 18-wheeler crash

Courtesy, Texas Department of Transportation

According to the Austin American-Statesman, the semi-truck caught fire after crashing into a median in the southbound lanes of the 12600 block of I-35 South. Austin Fire Department and Manchaca Fire crews responded to the scene around 1:15 a.m. on Tuesday, September 20.

At least one person with potentially serious injuries was taken to the hospital, according to a social media post from the Austin Fire Department.

Debris from the tractor-trailer is littered across lanes in both directions. Austin police and the Texas Department of Transportation are working to clear the area.

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