Truck Drivers Hospitalized After Fiery Crash on I-35 in Lorena
A collision between two 18-wheelers resulted in a fire that engulfed both vehicles in Lorena early Friday morning.
Christy Soto with our partners at News 10 reports that the trucks crashed around 2:30 AM. Both drivers were transported to a local hospital - one by helicopter. Police reportedly said one of the drivers suffered severe burns.
Austin Montgomery, a Lorena firefighter who lives near the scene, spotted the flames over a treeline and was the first emergency responder at the scene. Soto reported that Montgomery at first feared his brother's fireworks stand had caught fire. (Images of the fire as seen from Montgomery's home are included in the video above.)
The trucks were reportedly hauling food products. A member of the News 10 crew at the scene described one of the vehicles as having been "burnt to a crisp".
Crews shut down a portion of I-35 between Exit 321 and Exit 322 as they worked to clear the scene, causing some traffic delays early Friday morning.