DPS: Wrong-way wreck claims one life, victim identified

Posted at 6:12 AM, Jan 21, 2017
and last updated 2018-11-03 15:19:45-04

A fatal wreck has shut down the northbound lanes of I-35 near exit 279 in Salado Saturday morning, according to DPS.

The wreck happened at 4:56 a.m.

DPS spokesperson Sgt. D.L. Wilson said a man in a Chevy Impala was driving south on the northbound lanes and crashed head-on into an 18-wheeler.

The Impala was driving in the center lane near mile marker 280 just south of Grainger Road. 

The 27-year-old driver of the Impala, identified as Enrique Javier Salazar, 27, died instantly, Wilson said.

Wilson said the driver of the 18-wheeler was taken to Scott & White Medical Center in Temple. He's expected to be okay and was identified as Warren Soils, 32, of Arkansas. 

The road was reopened at 11 a.m.

Copyright 2017 KXXV. All rights reserved.