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Multiple injuries reported, woman in critical condition from accident on I-35

BELL COUNTY - Police say there were multiple injuries reported and one woman is in critical condition from an accident involving multiple cars and an 18-wheeler near Troy in Bell County late Sunday night.

Troy Police report there were two accidents within minutes of each other near the FM 1237 overpass on southbound I-35. The first was a minor accident, where one car sideswiped the guardrail and was stopped.

Another driver stopped and pulled off onto the side of I-35, near the FM 1237 overpass, and got out of her car to see if the man who hit the guardrail needed any help. The driver who hit the guardrail sped off as the woman walked towards the vehicle.

Investigators say while the woman was still out of her car as a pedestrian, she was struck by the side mirror of a passing 18-wheeler and knocked down.

Police have identified the woman hit by the side mirror as Maurissa Rodriguez. She was taken to Scott & White Hospital in Temple, in critical condition, with broken bones, a head injury and internal injuries. Police say her fiance and baby, who were still inside the car, were not hurt.

Authorities say the 18-wheeler accident occurred when the driver reacted to hitting the woman with the side mirror, lost control of his truck and then it went up the side of the embankment around the overpass. The cab overturned, and the trailer blocked the highway, with up to four vehicles hitting the wreckage.

The driver of the 18-wheeler, who was rescued from the upside down cab of the truck, was also taken to the hospital and admitted. One other driver was treated and released.

Authorities are still investigating the accident.
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