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Two 18-wheeler incidents back up traffic on I-35 Wednesday morning


Traffic on I-35 was backed up for the second straight day after two separate incidents involving 18-wheelers caused delays for morning commuters.

The first incident involved 18-wheeler that was destroyed after catching fire around 1:30 a.m. early Wednesday morning. The truck, carrying lead, was traveling northbound on Interstate 35 near Bruceville-Eddy, when it caught fire around mile marker 317.

The driver was not in the truck when it caught fire, and police were forced to shut down the northbound lanes and the service road while they put the fire out. Authorities say brakes caused the truck to catch fire.

The highway was cleared around 9:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, but morning commuters had to sit through heavy delays before that. TxDOT said there was a 20 minute delay on the highway at one time.

The second incident involved an 18-wheeler jackknifing. A deputy, who was helping with traffic caused by the 18-wheeler catching fire earlier, was told by the driver that a woman in a nearby Acura was crazy and that she had been threatening him.

The woman yelled at the deputy and sped off. She drove through the wreck scene and almost hit some people who were standing around on the scene.

The woman continued yelling after deputies boxed her in. The woman refused to get out of her car, so deputies broke her car window and subdued her by pepper spraying her.

Authorities are not releasing the woman's name, but she was taken to McLennan County Jail.

This is the second day in a row that a semi-truck has caught fire on Interstate 35. On Tuesday, a crash and fire just south of Lorena forced crews to re-pave the highway and cause a delay for several hours.

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