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GRAND PRAIRIE, TX – On August 3, 2013 in Grand Prairie, TX a loaded semi truck veered off I-30 and crashed through a guard rail onto State Highway 161 below bursting into flames, killing the truck driver. Grand Prairie is located in Tarrant, Ellis and Dallas counties in north-central Texas about 13 miles east of Dallas.

Photo shows charred remains of a semi truck consumed by fire and where a trucker was killed after going off a stacked freeway interchange and crashed onto the President George Bush Turnpike below in Grand Prairie, TX on August 3, 2013.

Below is a portion of a surveillance video from the North Texas Tollway Authority showing the 18-wheeler going airborne and then crashing onto the roadway below.

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The accident happened a few minutes after 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 3, when the driver of a semi truck that was traveling westbound on I-30 crashed through the guard rail, went airborne and landed on the President George Bush Turnpike below, bursting into flames and narrowly missing other cars.

Map shows location of fatal semi truck crash in Grand Prairie, TX on the westbound I-30 at the State Hwy 161 interchange (President George Bush Turnpike) on August 3, 2013.

Map shows location of fatal semi truck crash in Grand Prairie, TX on the westbound I-30 at the State Hwy 161 interchange (President George Bush Turnpike) on August 3, 2013.

The deceased truck driver was from Clarksville, Tennessee and was identified as 59 year-old James Anthony Long. Authorities investigating the crash are not sure exactly why the tractor trailer went off the roadway in the first place.

Alert motorists below saw the big rig coming over the railing and managed to avoid the fiery inferno. There were no other injuries reported as a result of the accident.

The turnpike was closed at the interchange while repair crews worked to clear the debris and make repairs.

The accident is currently under investigation.

Truck Accident Lawyer News is a truck accident and personal injury blog that publishes up to date truck accidents and truck legal news from across the United States. For more questions & detailed information about Texas trucking laws, truck injury causes and victims rights, contact Dallas Texas truck accident attorneys, Gordon, Elias & Seely LLP.

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