TRAFFIC ALERT: 2nd I-35 wreck adds to Thursday morning commute headache


Two separate wrecks left north and southbound traffic on Interstate 35 in knots Thursday morning, creating miles-long backups as commuters made their way into downtown.

The first collision, a three-car pile-up shut down two of the freeway’s three northbound lanes through downtown for nearly an hour early Thursday. That wreck occurred shortly before 5:30 a.m. in the 100 block of northbound I-35, between the Lady Bird Lake bridge and the Cesar Chavez Street exit. 

Austin police reopened the freeway just before 6:15 a.m., but the 45 minute-long lane closures left traffic on I-35 jammed from downtown all the way to the Texas 71/Ben White Boulevard interchange. 

Authorities did not immediately offer a cause of the wreck or report any injuries in that collision. 

Meanwhile, the second wreck, a one-car rollover near Rundberg Lane, shut down two freeway lanes and tied up traffic for southbound commuters. 

The wreck took place shortly after 6 a.m. in the 9100 block of southbound I-35 and the lanes were reopened shortly before 7 a.m. No injuries were reported in that crash either. 

However, the traffic damage was done as the backup stretched nearly all the way north to Howard Lane. 


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