One person is dead and one lane of traffic on Interstate 35 has been closed due to an accident involving an 18-wheeler.
The accident shut down I-35 for hours. The northbound outside lane between Onion Creek Parkway and the Slaughter Creek overpass will remain closed until 5:00 a.m. Wednesday. The Slaughter Creek overpass will remain closed until engineers are able to asses if it's structurally safe. The truck hit the column of the bridge and the truck fire was underneath the bridge.
The accident occurred in the 10400 block of south I-35, near Slaughter Lane. Austin Police say a semi for some unknown reason swerved right while traveling north and hit the pillar that helps support the overpass. The truck burst into flames.
The truck's driver was ejected and pronounced dead. He was in his 50's and has not been identified yet.
APD says there was another vehicle that was also involved in the crash but they don't have the details yet how it was involved.
It's taken about five hours to clean up what's left of the truck and the industrial material it was carrying but it will take even longer to open the overpass.
This accident has created a traffic nightmare for drivers in the area so APD recommends finding an alternate route.
The Texas Department of Transportation has temporarily lifted tolls on SH 45 SE between I-35 and US 183 due to the accident. Drivers trying to bypass the closure can use the toll road to reach US 183 and head north into Austin.