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Amber Alert

Friday, January 11, 2008

One killed, three injured when wheels fly off tractor trailer, strike car

One person was killed and three others were injured on Interstate 35 on Thursday night when a tractor-trailer lost two wheels, which slammed into an oncoming car, tearing off its roof. About 9:30 p.m., a northbound Honda Accord was struck by the tires in Bellmead, said Texas Department of Public Safety trooper Jarrod Hubbard. The accident led police to close northbound I-35. Backed-up traffic caused at least one minor accident. Northbound I-35

remained closed at 11 p.m. Thursday.

The Accord’s driver was pronounced dead at the scene by McLennan County Justice of the Peace David Pareya, and three passengers were taken to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, Hubbard said.

Pareya said one of the three injured was “in more critical condition” than the others. Authorities did not identify those killed and injured.

It was unclear late Thursday whether authorities had located the truck that lost the wheels.Source