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SALADO, Texas — A tractor-trailer slammed into construction beams along a major interstate in Central Texas on Thursday, killing one person and halting traffic in both directions, authorities said.

The truck hit a beam being used to build a bridge across Interstate 35 in Salado, about 40 miles north of Austin. Debris then toppled onto other vehicles, said Department of Transportation spokeswoman Becky Ozuna.

One person was killed and at least three people were taken to hospitals, though the extent of their injuries wasn’t immediately clear, according to the state Department of Public Safety and the local sheriff’s office.

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The Texas Department of Transportation has proposed expanding Interstate 35 east of San Antonio by constructing 15 miles of elevated lanes that would also be tolls according to a presentation they made Monday night in the city of Schertz.  

Pothole filled roads, bumpy highways and shaky bridges in Texas are posing mounting challenges to Texas drivers, according to a new report from TRIP, a Washington, DC based national transportation research organization.

Of the 100 transportation challenges identified in the report, five out of the top 50 are located in the San Antonio area.