TRAFFIC

Rain-slick roads led to numerous accidents Wednesday in Bell and nearby counties.

As the rain continued to fall, the accident numbers continued to mount in Central Texas, including two fatalities in Lorena, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

A double fatality on Interstate 35 in Lorena closed one southbound lane for more than an hour as a one-vehicle accident was investigated, a TxDOT alert said.

The accident happened near mile marker 322 at the East FM 2837 exit for Rosenthal Road. The vehicle reportedly hydroplaned and hit a sign post, TxDOT spokeswoman Jodi Wheatley said.

In Belton, a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper was involved in a minor one-vehicle accident at about 1 p.m. at I-35 and Interstate 14, Sgt. Dave Roberts confirmed.

No one was injured, and the accident was weather-related, he said. The accident happened on southbound I-35 in the area of I-14, Roberts said.

The trooper’s accident came days after Trooper Thomas Nipper was killed during a traffic stop on I-35 in Temple. Nipper’s funeral is scheduled for Friday in Temple.

In Bruceville-Eddy, two 18-wheelers and three cars were involved in a collision at about 2:15 p.m.

Traffic was blocked and backed up more than 4 miles in both directions of travel, and traffic was routed to the access roads, TxDOT said. Significant delays were expected and alternate routes were suggested. Wheatley didn’t know whether anyone was injured, she said.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Matt Stallings said about a quarter-inch of rain fell in Central Texas on Wednesday. Mostly sunny skies are forecast Thursday.

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