Southbound Interstate 35 traffic was moving at a snail's pace between north Temple and Belton Friday afternoon.

TxDOT's Jodi Wheatley reported that a collision occurred near FM 93/6th Avenue in Belton shortly before 3:55 PM. Wheatley said it appeared as if "a couple of crashes [ran] together".

Traffic was backed up as far as West Nugent Avenue (exit 302) in Temple.

Wheatley estimated it might take as long as 45 minutes to clear the site of the crash and get traffic flowing again.

We highly recommend taking Loop 363 to get around Temple and sticking to the frontage road afterward. Alternatively, you can take 317 west of town.