The driver of a Toyota SUV was taken Friday morning to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Temple with life-threatening injuries after an early morning crash, Temple Police Department spokesman Cody Weems said.
The Toyota Rav4 was on the shoulder of State Highway 317 facing northbound. It is believed that driver tried to make a U-turn, but the 18-wheeler — traveling northbound — struck it on the driver’s side, Weems said.
The Toyota’s driver was extricated by firefighters.
The 18-wheeler’s driver wasn’t injured.
Temple Fire & Rescue received the call at 5:26 a.m., and the first unit arrived at 5:34 a.m., Thomas Pechal, spokesman, said.
The location of the crash was the 11000 block of SH 317 between Airport Road and Little Mexico Road, which is just north of SH 36.
Traffic on SH 317 was closed to traffic at 11:10 a.m. Drivers were asked to find an alternate route because the highway was expected to be closed for at least four hours. The highway opened again at about 1:30 p.m.
Both Temple Police and Temple Fire & Rescue responded to the scene. Temple Fire & Rescue sent five units to the scene.
After the accident reconstruction unit finishes its investigation at the scene, Grones Environmental Services will clean up the fuel spill. Pechal didn’t know how much fuel spilled, he said.