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.