WAXAHACHIE — Two children and three adults were taken to the hospital after sustaining injuries from a six-vehicle accident that occurred Thursday morning on Interstate 35-E in Waxahachie.
First responders were dispatched to the reported accident at 11:10 a.m. to southbound I-35 near the 408-mile marker.
"There was an aluminum extension ladder lying in the roadway. The black Lexis slammed on her breaks. The ladder got trapped underneath the vehicle and she stops,” Waxahachie Police Officer David Bittle said. "Then there was a Chevy Impala that stopped behind the Lexis. A Dodge Truck swerved to miss the Impala and slammed on their breaks and a Toyota Camry hit them in the outside lane."
Bittle stated the Ford F-150 pickup truck was driven by a work crew from Austin Bridge and Road when it stopped behind the Impala. That is when a semi-truck struck the Ford, which caused it to be knocked into the Impala.
Responding to the scene were members of the Waxahachie and Red Oak Fire Departments, medical personnel with American Medical Response, the Waxahachie Police Department, and Texas Department of Public Safety deputies. The injured occupants of the vehicles were transported by ground ambulance to Baylor Scott and White Medical Center in Waxahachie.
There is no update as to the severity of the injuries sustained.
Bittle stated that traffic was backed up for about a mile and was diverted from the highway onto the service road. The scene was cleared and the highway reopened at about 12:30 p.m.