Herald/Steven Doll - A construction worker shovels gravel along Interstate 35 after a semi-truck collided with another 18-wheeler and spilled its load Friday afternoon in Belton. Traffic was snarled for about 3 hours while the wreck was cleared.

By Sonya Campbell

Killeen Daily Herald

BELTON - Traffic in and around Belton came to an abrupt halt Friday afternoon when one 18-wheeler reared-ended another in a northbound lane at the U.S. Highway 190 and Interstate 35 interchange, according to Texas Department of Transportation spokeswoman Jodi Wheatley.

She said the collision pushed the truck that had been rear-ended over the concrete barrier and into the southbound lane, spilling a load of gravel.

Belton police were dispatched to the scene about 12:30 p.m., according to Sgt. Larry Berg.

He said the only people involved were the two drivers of the 18-wheelers.

"One was transported with minor injuries to Scott & White by Belton EMS," he said.

Both trucks were damaged and had to be towed.

Although no hazardous material was involved, driving conditions were described as hazardous because of the gravel and the wreck.

Wheatley said traffic was backed up on both sides of the freeway and southbound vehicles were routed onto the frontage road at Central Avenue in Belton, exit 294A.

The southbound lane was backed up into Temple, near Nugent at Exit 302, while northbound traffic was backed up to around Farm-to-Market 2484 on the north side of Salado, she said.

The scene was cleared by 3:30 p.m. Berg said the incident remains under investigation since police were unable to interview the driver transported from the scene.

Contact Sonya Campbell at sonyas@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7557.

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