TEMPLE, Texas (FOX 44) – UPDATE: The victim in the fatal accident involving three vehicles in Temple has been identified.
The Temple Police Department has identified the deceased victim as 29-year-old Casey Allen Stodgell.
Temple Police officers and Texas Highway Patrol originally responded to northbound Interstate 35, near Midway Drive, around 5 a.m. on Tuesday. The initial investigation revealed one vehicle with Stodgell inside, another vehicle and an 18-wheeler traveling on northbound I-35 when the crash occurred near the Garlyn Shelton car dealership.
Stodgell was found dead on the scene. The other passengers involved in the crash have not reported any injuries. Temple Fire and Rescue, as well as Temple EMS, responded to the scene.
Traffic was diverted to the access road General Bruce Drive while authorities continued to work on scene. The Belton Police Department reported Tuesday morning that traffic was completely congested and hardly moving.
As of around noon on Tuesday, Temple Police officers started opening the northbound lanes of I-35.
This case is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Temple Police Department at 254-298-5500, or the Bell County Crime Stoppers at 254-526-8477.