Crash investigations determined that around 9:40 a.m., a white Ford Explorer SUV was traveling south on I-35 near the Oak Street exit in Denton when it rear-ended a Subaru sedan but didn’t stop, according to a DPD news release. The sedan driver was not injured.
The Explorer continued south on I-35W and minutes later, it left the right side of the roadway into the ditch and kept going for about 1,000 feet before striking the bridge pillar at Exit 82, the FM 2449 overpass. The vehicle caught on fire with the female driver still inside.
Other drivers stopped and tried to get her out of the vehicle, but it was damaged from the crash and they weren’t able to open the doors. First responders soon arrived and firefighters extinguished the fire, and the driver was found to be dead.
The driver has not been identified by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office, as of late Friday afternoon.
Police continue to determine why the driver left the roadway before hitting the pillar. The crash investigation forced a full closure of southbound I-35W for a short time, and a partial closure for almost four hours.