Fiery crash on Texas interstate leaves one dead

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DALLAS (KWTX) A fiery crash early Friday involving an 18-wheeler and several other vehicles in east Dallas claimed the life of the rig’s driver, who was identified late Friday afternoon as Russell Carpenter, 45, of Detroit, Texas.

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The cab of the rig ended up hanging off a bridge.

At least three other vehicles were involved in the accident.

CBS station KTVT says the accident happened around 5:45 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of the bridge over East Grand Avenue on Interstate 30.

The Dallas County Sheriff's Office confirmed around 8 a.m. that Carpenter was ejected from the cab.

He died at 6:25 a.m. at Parkland Memorial Hospital.

Traffic cameras captured multiple explosions and flames burning on the bridge before crews arrived to extinguish them.

Eastbound lanes on I-30 were shut down while emergency crews cleaned up the mess from the crash, and drivers in the westbound lanes of I-30 had to drive through the smoke caused by the crash.

Authorities say a car may have struck the 18-wheeler from behind, but the crash is under investigation.