PURCELL — Traffic is flowing along Interstate 35 near Purcell again after two separate accidents earlier today caused backups in the southbound lane near the Johnson Road exit. A tractor-trailer overturned about 3:20 a.m. at mile marker 95 near Purcell. The freezer truck, carrying more than 35,000 pounds of beef, was difficult to bring upright, said Purcell police officer Joe Santmyer. The truck was finally moved away about 2 p.m., officials said. While police were still working with the truck, a second accident happened in the southbound lane a couple of miles to the north on the Johnson Road bridge, said trooper Kera Philippi. In that accident, the driver of a box truck rear-ended the vehicle in front of him, Philippi said. The collision caused a five-vehicle pileup, and seven people involved in the accident were treated for minor injuries, she said. At one point during the day, traffic was backed up for more than two miles along southbound I-35 and was being detoured at the Johnson Road exit.
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