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Boy killed, 4 injured in wreck on I-35W in Burleson

BURLESON - A boy was killed and four others, including two adults and two children, were rushed to area hospitals Thursday after an 18-wheeler struck the back of the family’s sport utility vehicle in south Burleson.

Officials did not release the dead child’s name, but officials said he is believed to be about 10 years old. The child was wearing a seatbelt, said Cmdr. Chris Havens, a Burleson police spokesman. Officials said a Toyota Rav 4, occupied by two adults and three children, was driving north about noon along the 3800 block of Interstate 35 when the vehicle stopped or slowed down and was rear-ended by a Central Freight tractor-trailer. The 18-wheeler pushed the sport utility vehicle over onto the service road on the east side of the freeway, also known as Southeast Burleson Boulevard, officials said.

According to a press release by Fire Chief Gary Wisdom, one of the boys died at the scene. A second boy, who is about 6 years old, was flown by helicopter ambulance to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth. A 14-year-old girl was flown to Harris Methodist Fort Worth hospital, the release stated.

Two adults, a male and a female, were taken by ground ambulances to separate Fort Worth hospitals. Officials said all of the children were in the back of the SUV, which had New Mexico plates.

The service road was shut down for much of the afternoon while officials worked the scene. The wreck remains under investigation.MELODY McDONALD, 817-390-7386