Deadly two-vehicle accident closes I-35 in Burleson

A woman lost her life in a two-vehicle collision along Interstate 35 near Renfro Street in Burleson, Texas on Sunday, January 24 at around 10:00 in the morning. The victim was identified as 36-year-old Rendon resident Autumn Leigh Rawlinson.

According to preliminary investigations, Rawlinson had been a passenger in a 1994 GMC Sierra truck operated by 47-year-old Paul Christopher McDonough. McDonough’s vehicle rear-ended another truck traveling in the northbound lanes of I-35, causing the truck he hit to be pushed into the guardrail. The impact of the collision caused the Sierra to spin around and come to a rest facing the wrong way in the lanes of traffic on the interstate. The force of the spin caused Rawlinson and McDonough to be thrown from the vehicle. Rawlinson was declared dead at the scene of the accident while McDonough was airlifted to a nearby hospital.

The northbound lanes of Interstate 35 were temporarily closed to public traffic to make way for accident reconstruction and maintenance cleanup crews. The highway was reopened after five hours.

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