ABILENE, Texas -

A blowout on an 18-wheeler caused a crash that sent several people to the hospital Monday night.

The accident happened just after 7:30 p.m. near the Grape Street exit.

The truck that had the blowout was carrying non-food supplies for Chicken Express when the tire blew and then the trailer caught fire.  A mini van traveling behind the truck tried to avoid the accident but was then rear-ended by a pickup truck.

A total of five people were taken by ambulance to Hendrick Medical Center. Their injuries are unknown but didn't appear to be life-threatening.

The truck fire also started a small grass fire.

Traffic in the west lane of the interstate was diverted for over an hour while the wrecks were cleaned up.