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1 killed in fiery I-20 18-wheeler accident in Callahan County

Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:12:49 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 15 2013 10:35:06 AM CST
BAIRD, Texas -

One man died in an 18-wheeler accident in a westbound lane of I-20 near exit 308 Thursday.

The accident happened around 5am just east of Baird. A semi-truck was headed west when it went off the road. It flew over an underpass and slammed into an embankment, coming to rest at the other side of the bridge.

The driver was the only person in the truck.  He has been identified as 42-year-old Michael Merritt from Winona, Mississippi.  He died at the scene.

Authorities speculate that Merritt may have fallen asleep at the wheel and hit part of the bridge.