LORENA, Texas (FOX 44) – UPDATE: Two people are dead and two more are injured in a three-vehicle accident in Lorena.
Lorena Police Department Chief Tom Dickson tells FOX 44 News that at approximately 3:45 a.m. Monday, the department was notified of a crash on Interstate 35 near Mile Marker #324. Two people inside of a 2012 Ford pickup truck were traveling northbound on I-35 – when the pickup struck the back of an 18-wheeler and was disabled in the main traffic lane.
It was then that the pickup was struck from the back by a second 18-wheeler. The pickup then burst into flames. Lorena Police, the Lorena Fire Department, the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety all responded to the scene.
Police say the two occupants of the pickup truck were determined to have died at the scene. One of these victims has been identified as 23-year-old Anthony Dwaine Bolin, of Waco. On September 1, Lorena PD said the department was contacted by the Medical Examiner, and that the second victim has been identified as 23-year-old Nathaniel Caine Pipkin, of Waco.
Two occupants from one of the 18-wheelers were transported to Baylor Scott and White-Hillcrest with non-life-threatening injuries. The third 18-wheeler driver was not injured.
Police and Texas DPS told FOX 44 News that traffic was being diverted onto the northbound service road at Mile Marker #323, with vehicles getting back on the interstate at Mile Marker #325. As of 10:15 a.m. Monday, the Lorena Fire Department confirmed all lanes of I-35 were back open.
Police say this crash remains under investigation and identities of the second victim will be pending notification of relatives.