A man suffered life-threatening injuries in a wreck on Interstate 35 near Elm Mott, Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Dave Roberts said.

Cleanup efforts for a spill of nonhazardous material from a commercial vehicle Thursday evening brought traffic to a standstill in the southbound lanes near mile-marker 346, Roberts said. DPS troopers were forced to divert traffic and close a large portion of the interstate for the cleanup, he said.

During the cleanup, the driver of a pickup truck crashed into the rear of a tractor-trailer shortly before 7 p.m. Roberts said emergency crews were called to extricate the driver from the truck and started performing life-saving efforts.

The driver of the pickup was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, Roberts said. No updates on the driver's condition were available Thursday night.

Southbound lanes remained closed near Elm Mott for several hours. Roberts did not know how long the closure would last and asked drivers to avoid the area, if possible.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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