UPDATE (4:48 p.m): The crashes have been cleared on I-35. However, traffic congestion was expected to continue into Friday evening.

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Multiple crashes caused major headaches on I-35 in Bell, McLennan and Falls County Friday, a law enforcement official told Channel 6.

The incidents delayed traffic in both directions. As of 1:23 p.m., northbound traffic was backed-up past Troy. And, southbound traffic was backed-up almost to Callan Ranch Road near Lorena.

In an alert message, TxDOT Public Information Officer Jodi Wheatley wrote drivers should expect delays and seek alternate routes, if possible.

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