interstate car fire

Emergency crews respond to a car fire in the northbound lane of Interstate 35 at Fifth Street that shut the highway down for a period.

A vehicle that veered off northbound Interstate 35 crashed into a guardrail, struck a pole and burst into flames Tuesday afternoon.

A large hole also was discovered in southbound lanes nearby as both situations created significant traffic delays.

Shortly before 1:30 p.m. a vehicle reportedly veered off the northbound highway and struck a guardrail near Fifth Street. Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said that crash then turned into a vehicle fire when flames broke out.

Unrelated to the fire, Waco police reported a hole was spotted in the center lane of southbound I-35, Swanton said. Police closed down Fifth Street underneath the I-35 overpass and the lanes between Fifth Street and Forrest Street.

It was unclear if any injuries were reported. Police reopened the interstate after clearing both incidents by about 3 p.m., Swanton said.

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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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