One dead after 18-wheeler catches fire along Interstate 35 in S. Austin

Interstate 35 fire
Photo credit Austin Fire Department

AUSTIN ( -- One person is dead after an 18-wheeler caught fire along Interstate 35 in south Austin Saturday evening.

First responders say it happened just after 8:30 p.m. Saturday in the 6500 block of Interstate 35, in the northbound mainlanes just north of William Cannon Drive.

Crews said the 18-wheeler was fully involved when they arrived on the scene, after reportedly crashing into a pole.

Around 9:30 p.m., Austin-Travis County EMS officials reported one adult patient was pronounced deceased on the scene.

The northbound mainlanes remained closed Sunday morning, according to TxDOT. Traffic was being detoured to the frontage road at exit 228. The mainlanes remained closed into Sunday afternoon, finally opening up just after 1:30 p.m.