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Drivers Stuck for Hours on I-35 Through Belton Due to Truck Crash

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Drivers were stuck for hours on Interstate 35 going through Belton Tuesday morning.

A tractor-trailer overturned, and the cleanup backed up traffic for miles.

Brake lights; lots and lots of brake lights. That's all drivers saw headed south on I-35.

"I wouldn't call it fun," said Larry Centers, who was stuck in the traffic.

Centers was driving down from the DFW area. Then he hit an eight-mile backup.

"It is what it is," he said. "I don't have a helicopter, so I got to deal with it, go through it or go around it."

It was all because of an overturned tractor-trailer near exit 290.

"It's pretty bad," one driver told us. "I've never seen it like this."

The truck driver crashed before sunrise and spilled his load of tiny rubber pellets. A Belton officer told us around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday he thought the driver had blown a tire.

"Two hours in traffic," another driver said. "It's crazy."

Only the truck was involved, and the driver's fine, but the trailer blocked both lanes of I-35 south while they cleaned up.

All traffic was pushed off the Interstate just after the interchange with Highway 190, and drivers, when they did get off the highway, were lucky to be going walking speed.

"I'm not," a driver we talked to laughed. "I'm not going. Max speed three miles an hour."

It was slow enough for us to talk to drivers while they were in their cars; bumper-to-bumper, all the way back to exit 298 in Temple.

The backup lasted hours. Drivers spent all morning riding their brakes.

"It's an exercise for my patience," Centers said. Maybe a little too much exercise.




UPDATE: Feb 4, 2014, 10:00 a.m. -- Traffic on I-35 southbound is still backed up from the tractor trailer wreck.

Cars are not moving from exit 298 in Temple all the way to the accident at exit 290 in Belton.

Avoid the area if possible.



(KCEN) -- An overturned tractor trailer blocked both lanes of I-35 southbound at exit 290 in Belton on Tuesday morning.

The interstate shut down just after Hwy 190 exit. Traffic was diverted to the frontage road.

Traffic was backed several miles and crews said it could take awhile until everything is back to normal.

Crews unloaded the truck's contents.

Police are urging people to avoid the area if you can.


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