2 dead after fiery crash closed lanes on I-35 near 51st Street


AUSTIN (KXAN) – Two people died after a fiery crash Monday night on Interstate 35 near 51st Street, the Austin-Travis County EMS reported.

ATCEMS paramedics responded to the 5300 block of the N. I-35 southbound just after 8:30 pm It’s just north of 51st Street. Callers reported a possible burning vehicle, Austin police said.

Upon arrival, police found a single truck / SUV-type vehicle completely on fire, police said. Austin firefighters helped put out the blaze.

Officers discovered that the vehicle was occupied by at least two people at the time of the accident. The two occupants were declared dead on the spot, said ATCEMS. No description of the victims is yet available.

ATCEMS said the vehicle collided with a semi-trailer. The driver of this semi-trailer remained at the scene and was treated by EMS for non-life threatening injuries.

All southbound lanes of I-35 past Exit 238B are closed, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. The left lane northbound has reopened. Drivers are advised to take exit 238B (the 51st Street exit) to pass the stage.

The APD vehicle homicide unit is on site to investigate the accident. At present, it is not known what caused it.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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