Man killed in 18-wheeler fire on SH 71 in Smithville identified

One person was killed when an 18-wheeler rolled over and caught on fire on SH 71 in Smithville (KXAN Viewer Photo)
One person was killed when an 18-wheeler rolled over and caught on fire on SH 71 in Smithville (KXAN Viewer Photo)

SMITHVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — A man has died in an 18-wheeler rollover crash on State Highway 71 in Smithville.

The crash, which closed the eastbound lanes of SH 71 at Eighth Street, happened around 3 p.m. Thursday, according to Bastrop County dispatchers.

The victim has been identified as John Sherman Spradlin, 43, of Austin. Smithville Police Chief Michael Maugere says a preliminary investigation found that Spradlin was at fault in the crash.

Video from the scene, adjacent Seton Smithville Regional Hospital, showed heavy fire coming from the crash. A KXAN viewer who witnessed the crash aftermath says two trucks were involved.

Smoke from a deadly 18-wheeler crash on SH 71 at Eighth Street in Smithville, Texas on July 27, 2017 (KXAN Viewer Photo)
Smoke from a deadly 18-wheeler crash on SH 71 at Eighth Street in Smithville, Texas on July 27, 2017 (KXAN Viewer Photo)

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