AUSTIN (KXAN) — All lanes are now open on Interstate 35 after an early Tuesday morning crash where an 18-wheeler struck a median near South State Highway 45.
TxDOT said all lanes going both directions are now open after hours and hours of traffic delays.
At 11:45 a.m., TxDOT said the northbound lanes in that area near Creedmoor were closed. Crews were still directing traffic onto the frontage road. Two southbound lanes reopened almost 10 hours after the crash.
Police said the wreck happened around 1:15 a.m. as the tractor-trailer was heading south near FM 1327.
According to APD, the 18-wheeler caught fire but was put out. There was debris on both sides of the highway.
Austin Fire tweeted Austin-Travis County EMS crews took one person to the hospital with potentially serious injuries. Austin Police said the driver of the 18-wheeler was hurt in the crash.
AFD said crews with the Manchaca Fire Department helped on the call. The fire department also said the 18-wheeler was carrying refrigerated goods.
At 10 a.m., TxDOT said it was “still a mess” in the area. It said crews were still working to clear the roadway.
“Traffic getting through on the frontage roads but it’s slow-going,” TxDOT officials said.
The traffic jam prompted some drivers, like Daniel Rich, to just pull over and sit it out.
“To wait all this time to get through the traffic… it’s a waste of time. I should’ve been home about 5:30 p.m. I’ll get home about 10:30 or 11,” Rich said.
In a statement sent to KXAN, TxDOT said it took so long to clear because of how much debris was left behind from the truck fire, the contents of the truck and a fuel spill.