Two people dead in I-35 crash

A deadly crash shut down the northbound lanes of I-35 in Austin for hours early this morning. Police say a child is among the dead.

An early-morning ride down I-35 Friday turned deadly.

"A red pickup truck was slowing down or either stalled possibly stopped on the highway and a commercial motor vehicle, a semitrailer crashed into the back of that pickup truck," said Sgt. Dustin Lee

Police say the driver of the semi tried to avoid the red pickup, swerved and toppled over to its side. Police say two were pronounced dead on the scene, one woman and one child. The other three children were taken to Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas. The adult was taken to another local hospital.

"The driver of the semi, I believe a white female, she was injured and transported. At this time her injuries are non-life threatening," said Lee.

Police say they do know that the two dead on scene were females. Authorities say they will consider every possibility.

"It does not appear at this point that intoxication was a factor, but it's still early on in the investigation," said Lee.

The accident backed up traffic on I-35 for hours until the scene could be cleaned up properly. All traffic was diverted to 183 northbound.

Police do not yet know why the driver of pickup truck was slowing down in the middle of the highway.

There's no word on how the four in the hospital are doing at this time.
 

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