Fiery crash near Gonzales kills one

Feb. 20, 2013 at 5:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 19, 2013 at 8:20 p.m.

One person died Wednesday morning in a fiery traffic crash about four miles west of Gonzales.

The driver of the semi tractor-trailer had not been positively identified as of Wednesday afternoon, said Department of Public Safety Trooper Jason Reyes.

About 10:30 a.m., the truck, hauling a tanker trailer of crude oil, was traveling east on alternate U.S. Highway 90 near Farm-to-Market Road 2091 when it left the roadway and the driver overcorrected and the truck rolled over, said the trooper.

Both the truck and trailer caught fire.

Residents within about a mile and 1/2radius were evacuated as a precaution and the roadway was closed.

Residents returned and the highway re-opened about 2:30 p.m., said the trooper.

It is unknown if rain was a factor. The crash continues to be under investigation, Reyes said.



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