Wet weather causes major crashes, traffic delays

- The rainy weather caused slick streets and several major crashes in North Texas Wednesday morning.

FOX 4 traffic reporter Chip Waggoner has been reporting on problems on the roadways all morning. Follow him on Twitter for the latest updates.

Just before 7 a.m. a major accident in Carrollton blocked all main lanes and the express lanes of southbound Interstate 35E closed at Belt Line Road.

From traffic cameras, it’s clear the crash involved at least one 18-wheeler but no other details were immediately available. Accident investigators are now on the scene which likely means it involved serious or fatal injuries.

The backup is growing in that area at a huge rate. It’s best to avoid it if possible, Chip said.

Another crash involving a jackknifed 18-wheeler caused huge headaches on eastbound Interstate 30 at Akard Street in Downtown Dallas earlier.

The driver of the 18-wheeler was pulling double trailers. He said his rear trailer was empty and as he was driving it broke loose from the road due to the rain. That caused the entire rig to skid out of control.

No one was hurt in the crash but there were some spills. A HazMat crew had to clean up the road after the 18-wheeler was pulled away.

A second crash in the westbound lanes also caused delays.

LINK: twitter.com/cwaggonerfox4

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