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Accident, gravel spill cause delays in Hutto

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Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 3:06 pm

A two-vehicle accident closed all eastbound lanes of U.S. 79 and caused delays for more than four hours Wednesday near the highway's intersection with FM 685 in Hutto.

At about 6:45 a.m. on March 14, Hutto police and firefighters responded to an accident involving an 18-wheeler tractor-trailer and a Ford pickup truck.

A 2001 Peterbilt 18-wheeler hauling gravel was traveling east on U.S. Highway 79 when it struck a 1999 Ford pickup that was turning left to go south on FM 685, according to Hutto Police.

The 18-wheeler, driven by a 44-year-old man from Smithville, turned over, spilling gravel in the eastbound lanes of U.S. 79. Traffic was routed north along Ed Schmidt Boulevard and south along FM 685, according to police, until a single eastbound lane was opened two hours after the accident.

The Ford pickup sustained extensive damage on the passenger side, police reported, and the driver, a 40-year-old man from Hutto, sustained serious injuries. Both drivers were transported by Williamson County EMS to Seton Williamson. There were no passengers or other vehicles involved.

Texas Department of Transportation and Hutto Public Works crews removed the gravel from the roadway before the scene was cleared at about 11:30 a.m.

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