WEST (October 3, 2013)—A truck driver died Thursday morning in a fiery crash on Interstate 35 just north of West that also closed the highway for a time.
The Department of Public Safety had not released the driver’s name pending notification of his family.
Troopers found his body in the burned out truck tractor about three hours after the crash was first reported.
No other vehicles were involved.
Texas Department of Transportation spokeswoman Jodie Wheatley said a Hazmat crew has been sent to the scene to clean up after the wreck.
Emergency responders were sent at 6:20 a.m. to the on ramp at the 356 mile marker northbound after a report of a truck wreck, explosion and fire.
Responders at the scene said thick black smoke was making driving impossible and the Department of Public Safety closed the highway in both directions.
After firefighters got the blaze under control the southbound lanes were re-opened but traffic still was moving very slowly.
Traffic was being diverted to the access road while emergency responders worked at the scene.
The 18-wheeler was hauling a load of avocados from South Texas.
Further details weren't immediately available.