Arlington man killed in Central Texas partial bridge collapse

An Arlington father was killed when a bridge under construction fell onto lanes of I-35 in Central Texas because of a wreck involving 18-wheelers.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said the accident happened around noon Thursday in Salado, which is located south of Temple in Bell County.

An oversized tractor trailer hit a beam at the FM 2484 overpass. The impact caused several other beams to become dislodged and fall onto the interstate.

The beam fell onto a pickup truck traveling in the opposite direction, killing the driver, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

That driver was 32-year-old Clark Davis from Arlington, officials said. Three others were also hurt in the incident, and two of them have since been released from the hospital.

Davis' mother told FOX 4 on Thursday night that he worked for ProBuild, a building supply company.

She says he was a driver for the company and would deliver supplies and such to various places across the state. She was unsure of whether he was headed to a job or headed home from one at the time of the accident.

Davis' mother says he leaves behind a girlfriend and a 7-year-old daughter. She says Davis and his girlfriend had recently gotten back together and were discussing marriage.

His mother describes Davis as a great father who loved his family.

Video from SKY 4 on Thursday showed two damaged 18-wheelers and beams from the bridge on top of several other vehicles.

Traffic was still stopped in both directions and backed up for miles along the interstate, which is a primary north-south artery through Texas.

"We've got more vehicles than we've got space for," said Lt. Donnie Adams with the Bell County Sheriff's Office, noting that the area is undergoing heavy construction. He said the stretch of roadway is being expanded to three lanes in both directions and includes new overpasses, exits and other work."

All lanes were finally reopened around 4 a.m. Friday.


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