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1 dead after 18-wheeler accident in ETX

Published: Dec. 2, 2014 at 11:28 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 16, 2014 at 11:28 AM CST
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First reponders are on the scene of a fatal 18-wheeler accident.
First reponders are on the scene of a fatal 18-wheeler accident.

HARRISON CO., TX (KSLA) - Harrison County sheriff's deputies have confirmed that a man is dead after being struck by an 18-wheeler on I-20 near Waskom and Scottsville, Texas.

Deputies say an 18-wheeler caught fire on I-20 Tuesday morning, and the driver got out of the vehicle to check on the fire. The driver was then struck by another 18-wheeler. Deputies are not sure of what caused the fire.

Atlas Van Lines released a statement Tuesday that identified employee Eric Royster as the victim of the crash.

"This is an incredibly tragic accident, and we're deeply saddened to hear that Eric Royster lost his life. We send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Royster," the statement said. "We are investigating this incident, and will continue to look into it as evidence becomes available."

Traffic was at a standstill on I-20 West between FM 9 and Highway 80 for hours after the accident.

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