Police to close freeway for mapping after 5 killed in Lubbock crash – LubbockOnline.com

All five people involved in a two-vehicle crash were killed early Saturday on the Marsha Sharp Freeway in west Lubbock, police confirmed, adding that investigators now are faced with the extensive task of informing relatives and mapping out the crash scene.
Starting at 8 a.m. Sunday, police will close down portions of the eastbound Marsha Sharp Freeway to investigate the crash that was reported about 1:28 a.m. Saturday in the 7000 block of Marsha Sharp Freeway. The crash prompted police to stop all eastbound traffic on the freeway between Upland Avenue and Spur 327 for much of early Saturday, according to Lubbock police.
Around 2:30 a.m. LPD confirmed three fatalities with two additional deaths being confirmed around 4 a.m. after two people succumbed to injuries in Lubbock hospitals. Because of the complexities in notifying families of all of the victims, police said they don’t anticipate being able to publicly identify them until Monday.
According to Lubbock police spokeswoman Kasie Whitley, Lubbock’s Major Crash Unit will be mapping the scene beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday. The eastbound lanes of the Marsha Sharp Freeway will be closed. Eastbound traffic will be diverted at the Upland Avenue exit, while the on-ramp west of Upland Avenue to also be closed. The operation is not expected to last longer than 90  minutes. The public is asked to avoid the area during this time.