belton, tx — An early morning accident on I-35 northbound in Belton, near exit 292, backed up traffic for hours Friday.
According to reports, the accident occurred around 3:30 a.m. when a pickup truck lost power and stalled in the center lane. The driver got out of the vehicle to inspect it when the driver of an 18-wheeler collided into the back of the truck. The truck driver and the two passengers inside, along with the driver of the 18-wheeler, were transported to a local hospital.
One person, TXDoT reports, remains in extremely critical condition.
An accident investigation was conducted on the scene. As of about 9:30 a.m., TXDoT reported the wreck site had been cleared, but traffic is taking awhile to resume its regular flow.