RED OAK Emergency personnel responded earlier this afternoon to an eight-car pileup in the southbound lanes of Interstate 35E.

Red Oak police and fire departments and East Texas EMS were dispatched at about 3 p.m. to the accident scene, which was between U.S. Highway 77 and Red Oak Road.

Traffic had to be rerouted to the southbound service road, with the southbound lanes temporarily shut down to allow accident investigators to work and clear the scene.

Four people were reported transported to a local hospital; information on their condition was not immediately available.