Fatal accident

A Mercedes was wedged underneath the 57th Street bridge over HK Dodgen Loop in Temple on Wednesday. A 53-year-old woman died in the accident.

A single-vehicle accident at Southwest HK Dodgen Loop at the 57th Street bridge resulted in a fatality Wednesday.

A 4-door Mercedes sedan going eastbound on Southwest HK Dodgen Loop left the road and became wedged under the bridge, Temple Police Department spokesman Cody Weems said.

The female driver, age 53, was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was in the vehicle.

Justice of the Peace David Barfield pronounced her dead at the scene and ordered an autopsy.

The traffic reconstruction unit is at the scene.

The driver’s identity will be released once relatives have been notified, Weems said.

Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Ken Roberts said the bridge was structurally sound pending an inspection Wednesday evening or Thursday. The bridge was open to traffic. South Loop 363 was to be opened pending the removal of debris.

Drivers were asked to avoid the area and use Interstate 35 or 31st Street as alternate routes.