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Big rig crash sparks fire, closes freeway

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Two 18-wheeler collided in Alvarado. One burst into flames. Two 18-wheeler collided in Alvarado. One burst into flames.
ALVARADO, Texas -

A terrible early-morning crash between a tanker truck and an 18-wheeler put two drivers in the hospital and closed a major freeway -- most likely through Friday's rush hour.

The accident happened on I-35W northbound at County Road 604, about a mile north of Highway 67. A witness tells FOX 4 that one of the drivers had struck a concrete barrier and stopped to inspect his rig.

The second truck approached from behind and struck the first disabled rig.

One of the trucks was carrying a cargo like mattresses; the second was a tanker which burst into flames.

All northbound lanes of I-35W are closed, including the access road. At 6:30 a.m., all southbound lanes were reopened.

FOX 4 traffic reporter Chip Waggoner says traffic northbound on I-35W should detour on Cummings Drive north, cross Highway 67, go past CR 604 to FM 917 and head back to I-35W.

He also says Highway 67 is backed up by people who are trying to head north on I-35W, but find that they cannot.

Follow his updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ChipWaggoner

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