Traffic was diverted on South Loop 289 for hours on Thursday after a 4-car pile-up near Slide Road caused a fire marshal's vehicle to burst into flames.
Police say a vehicle was stranded on the South Loop near Slide when another motorist pulled up behind them to assist. A few minutes later, a Lubbock fire marshal pulled up behind the two to assist and to make them more visible to oncoming traffic. Soon after this, a fourth vehicle on the Loop rear-ended all three cars, causing the fire marshal's vehicle to burst into flames. An explosion soon followed that created a plume of smoke visible from miles away..
Police say one person was transported to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries, one person with moderate injuries, and two with minor injuries.
The cause of the accident is under investigation. Police say ammunition in the fire marshal's Vehicle may have contributed to the explosion.
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