Pileup Accident on I-35 Near Temple Injures Three

An I-35 multi-vehicle accident in Temple sent three people to the hospital late Sunday evening. One of those people was seriously injured, officials reported.

Police said the I-35 pileup involved at least one semi-truck, which overturned off the interstates as a result of the Central Texas auto accident.

One of the injured people was identified as the driver of the 18 wheeler truck, who was transported to Scott & White Hospital for the treatment of injuries to his leg.

One of the other people, injured in the crash was identified by police as a pedestrian, who was struck by a vehicle after she stopped to help victims of the initial collision. Emergency officials said he was in the ICU as a result of the injuries she suffered to her spleen, a head injury and internal injuries. Her name was released as Maurissa Rodriguez, police said.

Seven total vehicles were involved in the auto accident near Temple. Police are still investigating the scene of the accident and no names have been released.

Authorities believe the 18 wheeler attempted to avoid the pileup, overturning the big rig before sliding down a nearby slope.

Auto pileups can quickly turn deadly, sparking a chain reaction of accidents and injuries when other drivers fail to notice or react to an initial crash, provoking additional collisions. In addition, many instances of accidents and serious injuries occur to those who stop and help following initial impact. Attention to the signage, posted speeds, drivers surrounding and potential debris in the roadways can help drivers react adequately and avoid the potential for additional collisions that could escalate an accident that started with a couple vehicles into a more serious pileup involving several vehicles and leaving multiple people with injuries.

While it’s important to seek medical attention immediately and make contact with insurance and other parties involved, seeking help should be done immediately to protect victims from some of the pitfalls associated with auto accidents and interactions with insurance representatives. Before signing settlements or other documents, getting the opinion of an attorney can help victims make sure they are receiving the compensation they are entitled that will help them pay for medical care, damages and loss. For a free consultation, don’t wait. Call our truck accident lawyers in Temple, Waco and Killeen today. We care. We can help.

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