Driver of pickup truck hospitalized after crashing into back of 18-wheeler on I-35, police say

Crash occurred around 2:15 a.m. near Walzem Road

The driver of a pickup truck was taken to an area hospital following a crash into the back of an 18-wheeler early Thursday morning, according to San Antonio police.

SAN ANTONIO – The driver of a pickup truck was taken to an area hospital following a crash into the back of an 18-wheeler early Thursday morning, according to San Antonio police.

The crash happened around 2:15 a.m. on Interstate 35 southbound, near Walzem Road on the city’s Northeast Side.

According to police, a Chevrolet Avalanche for an unknown reason slammed into the back of a broken down Sysco foods big rig.

SAPD said the driver of the 18-wheeler had gotten flat tires on his trailer and pulled over onto the shoulder. The truck drove off the roadway and crashed into the back of the stopped 18-wheeler, police said.

Authorities say firefighters had to extract the 23-year-old man from his vehicle, before he was taken to Brooke Army Medical Center with possible life-threatening injuries. His name has not been released. No other injuries were reported.

The San Antonio Police Department, the San Antonio Fire Department and EMS all answered the call.

It is not exactly clear why the crash occurred. The investigation is ongoing, police said.


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