Central Texas Man Dies In I-35 Head-On

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WACO (November 15, 2013) A Waco man died late Thursday night when the pickup truck he was driving collided head-on with an 18-wheeler on southbound Interstate 35.

McLennan County Justice of the Peace David Paryea ordered Paul Loa’s body taken to the Southwest Institute of Forensic Science, in Dallas, for autopsy.

Department of Public Safety troopers were sent at around 11:30 p.m. to southbound Interstate 35 near the Waco Drive exit where a pickup truck and a FedEx truck tractor, semi-trailer had collided head on.

Loa, 43, was pronounced dead at the scene and the FedEx driver was taken by ambulance to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center with minor injuries, DPS Trooper D.L. Wilson said.

Traffic was halted for a time in both directions on the main lanes of the highway until debris had been cleared.

Northbound lanes reopened to normal traffic at about 5:30 a.m. and southbound traffic was being re-opened at about 6:15 a.m., a DPS spokesman said.

Wilson said the investigating trooper reported the pickup truck entered the main lanes of the highway via an off ramp going in the wrong direction.

The pickup truck collided with the FedEx truck in the southbound lanes near Waco Drive.

The FedEx driver, who was en route from Dallas to San Antonio when the accident happened, was listed in fair condition at Hillcrest later in the morning.