Crash In I-35 Construction Zone Leaves One Man Dead

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HILL COUNTY (December 19, 2013) A Florida man died Wednesday night when the van he was driving crashed into the rear of an 18-wheeler on Interstate 35.

Department of Public Safety trooper D.L. Wilson identified the victim Thursday as Paul Menthonnex, 44.

He died at the scene.

The crash happened just before 7:45 p.m. Wednesday on I-35 between Abbott and Hillsboro when the 2004 Chevrolet van Menthonnex was driving slammed into the rear of the 18-wheeler’s empty trailer as the rig’s driver slowed down in a construction zone.

Menthonnex’s body was taken to Marshall and Marshall Funeral Home, in Hillsboro.

The truck driver, who is from the Fort Worth area, was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and later released, Wilson said.