UPDATED: Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 11:36am
Lorena, TX — A wreck Thursday morning on I-35 is still causing a lengthy delay for commuters headed northbound.
As of 12:30 p.m., TxDOT has confirmed traffic is mostly clear now and the interstate has been completely reopened following the six vehicle accident near Lorena. TxDOT expects traffic should begin to clear, but with this much stack-up, it may take a while to get back to normal at the south end.
The accident happened around 8 a.m. near exit 325, FM 1695, which is the Moonlight Drive Exit. ll northbound mainlanes are closed through Lorena due to a wreck near exit 325, FM 1695/Moonlight Drive. TxDOT reported traffic was backed up about three miles to E. FM 2837/Rosenthal Road on the south side of Lorena an hour after the crash happened. At that point, all traffic was being routed to the access road, which was also moving slowly with all the extra traffic.
TxDOT says the wreck involved six vehicles, including two 18-wheelers and four other vehicles. On of the semi-trucks' fuel tank was punctured, requiring hazmat cleanup.
About two hours after the wreck, TxDOT reported all northbound traffic was being detoured to Rosenthal Parkway at exit 322, then turning north onto US 77 through Robinson into Waco and reconnecting to I-35 there. Northbound traffic was also being re-routed to take exit 315 in Bruceville-Eddy onto SH 7 East, about ten miles to connect to US 77 earlier. Northbound traffic, at that time was reported to be backed up for seven miles from the wreck site.
Just received word that northbound I-35 is now open at mile marker 327, about a mile north of Moonlight Dr/FM 1695.
Traffic is now backed up/slowed about 7 miles south of FM 1695/Moonlight Dr. at exit 325, and the stack-up extends south of Woodlawn Rd. (Traffic should begin to clear, but with this much stack-up, it may take a while to get back to normal at the south end.
Please drive carefully and be alert to start-and-stop traffic through the area.