DPS: Distracted 18-wheeler driver killed in crash along I-35

Semi-truck crashes on I-35 in San Marcos killing one person (KXAN Photo/ Brittany Glas)

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — A 58-year-old man is dead after he crashed his 18-wheeler on Interstate 35 in San Marcos early this morning. The crash was reported around 1:24 a.m. at the Hays and Comal County line.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says Samuel Bears of Fort Worth was driving southbound on the freeway when he became distracted while holding a cigarette lighter. Police say Bears tried to avoid hitting a vehicle in front of him but ended up slamming into a concrete median barrier and flipping his truck.

Bears died at the scene.