UPDATE: A three-vehicle crash puts two in the hospital and claims one life.
The crash occurred on Interstate 35 southbound, between Troy and the Bell / Falls County Line, early Thursday morning.
Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers responded to the scene.
A 2018 International truck-tractor semi-trailer (TTST) was traveling southbound when it slowed for unknown reasons. A 2018 Freightliner TTST was traveling behind the International. The Freightliner slowed, as well. A 2018 Volvo TTST was traveling behind the Freightliner. The Volvo was unable to slow in time and struck the rear of the Freightliner.
The impact then caused the Freightliner to strike the rear of the International. The driver of the International was 52-year-old Robert Sillemon, of Mesquite. Sillemon was transported to Baylor Scott & White Hospital by ambulance for treatment of non-incapacitating injuries.
The driver of the Freightliner was 47-year-old Christopher Humbert, of Troy. Humbert was transported to Baylor Scott & White Hospital by ambulance for treatment of non-incapacitating injuries.
The driver of the Volvo was 34-year-old John Davis, of Selma. Evidence at the scene showed Davis was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. Davis was pronounced dead at the scene, and his next of kin have been notified.
This crash remains under investigation.
Below is the original text from this story:
Cleanup was expected to take several hours and southbound I-35 traffic was snarled Thursday morning near Troy after multiple truck-tractor rigs were involved in a crash that left at least one person dead.
The Department of Public Safety reports calls came in regarding the crash near the 311 mile marker about 2:45 a.m. with one person reported dead at the scene.
Two other persons were transported to local hospitals, with their conditions unknown Thursday morning.
Temple hazmat and rescue personnel were set out at 3:19 a.m.
Southbound traffic was being diverted.