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Fiery wreck leaves one dead
by Christina Rowland
Dec 28, 2012 | 7120 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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 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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Christina Rowland photo 
 A wrecker pulls the rear end of an 18-wheeler out of a concrete gully. The truck rolled 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 rolled into the gully and burned after pucturing its fuel tanks during an early morning wreck.
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Burned boxes and debris are shown at the bottom of the concrete gully.  A wrecker pulls the remains of the rear end of an 18-wheeler out of the gully.
Christina Rowland photo Burned boxes and debris are shown at the bottom of the concrete gully. A wrecker pulls the remains of the rear end of an 18-wheeler out of the gully.
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A wreck on I-37, just north of Oakville, left one man dead in the early morning hours of Friday, Dec. 28.

DPS Trooper Kolton Kendall said the driver of an 18-wheeler was headed southbound around 4 a.m. when he fell asleep.

The driver was identified as Miguel Rivera,42, of Corpus Christi.

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

While the truck was straddling the barrier, its drive shaft was ripped away.

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

The truck caught fire and burned.

The driverworked for Ben E. Keith Foods and was headed from San Antonio to Corpus Christi.

Three Rivers police officers were the first responders on the accident scene.
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