Authorities identify victim of fatal 18-wheeler crash

Authorities identify victim of fatal 18-wheeler crash

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Officials have identified the person who died after an 18-wheeler crash at the intersection of Interstate 20 and Toll 49.

A Dallas man in his late 50s died when an 18-wheeler crashed into the side of the Toll 49 overpass bridge.

Anthony Watkins died in the crash, according to the Judge James Cowart of Lindale. His family has been notified. Judge Cowart said that the autopsy has not been done yet, but investigators speculate that the cause of his death was natural or he may have fallen asleep, which caused him not use the brakes before the collision.

The crash occurred at about 9 a.m. Monday morning. Eastbound traffic was closed near the scene of the crash as emergency crews worked to clear the scene.

Engineers determined that while there were damages to the overpass bridge it did not affect the strength of the bridge.

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