The northbound lanes of Interstate 35 near Belton have reopened but traffic remains backed up about nine miles, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

An early morning accident closed northbound I-35 near Loop 121 for several hours as crews cleared the accident scene. The northbound lanes reopened around 10 a.m., but "it may take a while" for traffic to get back to normal, said Jodi Wheatley, I-35 information specialist.

Officials initially reported the accident resulted in a fatality, but later retracted that report and said one person was in extremely critical condition.

 

Contact Kristi Johnson at kristij@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7548

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