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Driver killed in 18-wheeler crash on Highway 6 identified

(Photo by Rhyan Henson)
(Photo by Rhyan Henson)(KWTX)
Published: Jun. 5, 2018 at 9:00 AM CDT
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A truck driver who died early Tuesday morning when his 18-wheeler overturned on State Highway 6 south of Rice Road just outside of Riesel was identified Tuesday evening as Michael Padgett, 62, of Conroe.

Padgett was northbound on the highway when a tire blew out at around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The blowout caused Padgett to lose control of the rig, which began to swerve and overturned, dislodging the large concrete block he was hauling.

The northbound lanes of the highway were closed until early afternoon because of the crash.

Officers diverted traffic around the accident scene.

The Department of Public Safety is investigating.