Texas interstate reopens after deadly tractor-trailer wreck

Authorities investigate a tractor-trailer that crashed into an overpass under construction on Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Salado, Texas. (AP Photo/The Killeen Daily Herald, Clay Thorp)

SALADO, Texas (AP) — All lanes of a major interstate have reopened in Central Texas after a deadly accident involving a tractor-trailer that slammed into a bridge beam in a construction zone.

The Department of Transportation says Interstate 35 at Salado, about 40 miles north of Austin, fully reopened before dawn on Friday.

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One man was killed and three other people were hurt during the wreck late Thursday morning. Traffic was backed up for miles along the interstate, a main north-south roadway through Texas.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says an 18-wheeler hit and brought down a construction beam over I-35. The beam fell onto a pickup truck traveling in the opposite direction, killing the driver.

Debris tumbled on to the interstate, destroying or damaging several vehicles.



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