2 killed, 4 injured when SUV crashes while evading officers on I-35, SAPD says

I-35 NB at Walters has reopened

Two men were killed and four men injured when an SUV tried to evade San Antonio police and crashed on Interstate 35 on the city’s near East Side, according to SAPD.

SAN ANTONIO – Two men were killed and four men injured when an SUV tried to evade San Antonio police and crashed on Interstate 35 on the city’s near East Side, according to SAPD.

SAPD public information officer Jennifer Rodriguez said the crash happened at 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday, causing authorities to close the northbound lanes of I-35 for several hours.

An SAPD officer on patrol in the area spotted the SUV driving erratically. The officer followed the SUV in the patrol car, and tried to make a traffic stop by activating the patrol car’s lights, but did not initiate a chase.

The driver of the SUV sped away and tried to enter the highway, but struck a metal barrier. The SUV then flipped and two men were ejected from the SUV. They died at the scene, police said.

Four other men in the vehicle were injured and taken to an area hospital. At last check, two of them were in critical condition and two in serious condition.

Another man who was not hospitalized was detained at the scene. At this time, it is unclear who was driving the SUV.

The names and ages of the men have not been released.

The northbound lanes were closed due to the incident but they have since reopened.

The first crash caused a secondary accident on the highway, but police have not provided details about that incident yet.

SAPD at an accident on I-35 north at Walters Street on Wednesday, March 23, 2022. (ksat)
The northbound lanes of I-35 at Walters Street are closed on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, due to a crash. (TXDOT)

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