Big rig driver killed after truck falls from flyover

Fatal 18-wheeler fire shuts down 183 (photo courtesy Richard Pope)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – The northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 183 at MoPac reopened Tuesday at 8:10 a.m., about eight hours after a 18-wheeler fell from a flyover and burst into flames. The crash happened in the 9100 block of Research Boulevard, just east of where U.S. 183 intersects with MoPac.

Austin police later reported that the driver of the truck, 44-year-old James Marshall Warden, died in the crash.

Police are trying to figure out what caused the furniture truck to plow through a cement wall before it fell onto U.S. 183. The truck came to rest on the driver’s side and caught fire. Authorities said they were not sure if high winds caused the driver to lose control or if the load of furniture the truck was hauling shifted.

This was Austin’s 48th deadly traffic crash and the 55th death of 2014. At this time in 2013, there were 64 deadly crashes and 66 deaths.

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