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Surface of Interstate 35E in Carrollton Separates Leading to Several Crashes

Repairs made to northbound I-35E near Crosby Road

All lanes of Interstate 35E in Carrollton reopened to traffic Wednesday afternoon after the pavement on the highway started separating Tuesday night.

Crews with the Texas Department of Transportation closed all but one lane of the highway Wednesday so that repairs could be made to the northbound lanes between Crosby and Belt Line roads.

All lanes of Interstate 35E in Carrollton reopened to traffic Wednesday afternoon after the pavement separated. Additional lane closures are planned.
Police in Carrollton have shut down all but one lane of I-35E after the pavement of the highway started separating.

The separated pavement is being blamed for five crashes along the highway, one involving a police officer whose squad car was hit as he responded to a separate crash.

Dash camera video released Thursday showed the moment of impact. 

Raw video from the dash cam of a Carrollton police department cruiser shows the moment the police SUV was hit from behind. The officer was out of the car and not hurt. He was working a different crash after the pavement of I-35E started separating on Tuesday.

Neither the officer nor the driver was injured.

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A spokesperson for Carrollton police said the damage is believed to be tied to the rain.

It's the second time in a week that rain has led to roadway damage in the area. On Oct. 11, a chunk of roadway broke off nearby on I-35 northbound south of the Whitlock/Sandy Lake exit. It left behind a pothole that caused tire damage for several drivers.

 

TxDOT says crews are working around the clock to repair potholes that are forming across North Texas. About 100 have been filled in the past few days, according to a TxDOT spokesperson.

TxDOT in Fort Worth will deploy crews Thursday to begin making repairs.

Lane closures were planned for main lanes of I-35E northbound in Carrollton from 9pm Wednesday until 6am Thursday.

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