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Truck driver killed in I-37 wreck
by Christina Rowland, Progress staff
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Christina Rowland photo . Charred remains of an 18-wheeler sit on a trailer after an early morning wreck on I-37 that left one dead.
Christina Rowland photo . Charred remains of an 18-wheeler sit on a trailer after an early morning wreck on I-37 that left one dead.
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A wrecker pulls the rear end of an 18-wheeler out of a concrete gully. The truck roled into the gully and burned after pucturing its fuel tanks during an early morning wreck.
Christina Rowland photo A wrecker pulls the rear end of an 18-wheeler out of a concrete gully. The truck roled into the gully and burned after pucturing its fuel tanks during an early morning wreck.
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A driver of a Ben E. Keith Foods truck died about 4 a.m. Friday after his truck hit a concrete railing north of Oakville on Interstate 37. A couple of the truck's tires were torn off on impact, but the truck continued riding the concrete rail which ripped off its deisel tank , spraying diesel on the highway and median, before falling off into a concrete gully. A Department of Public Safety trooper at the scene (Intersate 37 just north of Oakville) said the driver appeared to have fallen asleep.
Tim Delaney photo A driver of a Ben E. Keith Foods truck died about 4 a.m. Friday after his truck hit a concrete railing north of Oakville on Interstate 37. A couple of the truck's tires were torn off on impact, but the truck continued riding the concrete rail which ripped off its deisel tank , spraying diesel on the highway and median, before falling off into a concrete gully. A Department of Public Safety trooper at the scene (Intersate 37 just north of Oakville) said the driver appeared to have fallen asleep.
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Little remains of the cab of a Ben E. Keith Foods truck on Friday morning after a wreck that occurred about 4 a.m. The driver of the truck was killed. A Department of Public Safety trooper at the scene (Intersate 37 just north of Oakville) said the driver appeared to have fallen asleep.
Tim Delaney photo Little remains of the cab of a Ben E. Keith Foods truck on Friday morning after a wreck that occurred about 4 a.m. The driver of the truck was killed. A Department of Public Safety trooper at the scene (Intersate 37 just north of Oakville) said the driver appeared to have fallen asleep.
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A wreck on Interstate 37, just north of Oakville, left a Corpus Christi man dead in the early morning hours of Friday, Dec. 28.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Kolton Kendall said Miguel Rivera, 42, the driver of the 18-wheeler, was headed southbound around 4 a.m. when he apparently fell asleep.

“He ran across the center median and straddled the barrier,” Kendall said.

The 18-wheeler lost its front axle and front wheels upon impact with the concrete railing.

When the truck was straddling the barrier, its drive shaft was ripped away as well as one diesel fuel tank, spraying fuel on the northbound lanes of I-37.

The truck then rolled into the concrete gully, puncturing the other fuel tank.

Then the truck caught fire and burned.

Rivera worked for Ben E. Keith Foods and was headed to Corpus Christi from San Antonio with a load of food stuffs.

Three Rivers police officers were the first responders to the accident.

The Three Rivers Volunteer Fire Department and Acadian Ambulance Service also responded to the scene of the wreck.

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