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DPS identifies driver of 18-wheeler that crashed off overpass in Callahan County

By Doug Myers/KTXS News

CALLAHAN COUNTY, Texas -- The Department of Public Safety has identified the driver of an 18-wheeler that flipped off of an overpass on I-20 between Clyde and Baird two days ago.

According to DPS spokesman Sgt. Frederick Biddle, Gary Watson, 59, of Burleson survived after sustaining broken bones in the crash. He had since been discharged from Hendrick Medical Center.

PHOTOS: Callahan County I-20 crash -> http://www.ktxs.com/503556136

DPS says Watson's truck tractor was pulling a trailer when it crashed -- and then caught fire -- on westbound I-20 near Union Hill Road in Callahan County.

The accident occurred about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. 

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18-wheeler carrying paint crashes off overpass in Callahan County

By Jesse Smith & Andrew McMillan/KTXS News

An 18-wheeler carrying a load of latex paint flipped off of an overpass on Interstate 20 Wednesday evening in Callahan County, and the cab was detached from the rest of the truck.

The crash happened around 8 p.m. on the westbound Union Hill Road overpass between Clyde and Baird. The 18-wheeler could be seen wrapped along the inner embankment underneath the overpass as latex paint dripped down the concrete.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, part of the truck caught fire after the crash, and char marks could be seen where the cab became detached from the truck before resting near the service road. The cause of the crash hasn't been determined yet.

Emergency responders at the scene told KTXS the driver of the truck suffered several broken bones and was taken to a hospital in the area.

DPS is continuing to investigate the crash. Traffic on the interstate was flowing normally as of 9 p.m. Wednesday, but crews were still working to clean up the mess.


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