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I-20 back open after fatal crash

18-wheelers were lined up for miles after a fiery fatal crash that killed two people in a passenger car on Interstate 20 in Smith County. (Cody Lillich/KLTV) 18-wheelers were lined up for miles after a fiery fatal crash that killed two people in a passenger car on Interstate 20 in Smith County. (Cody Lillich/KLTV)

Tuesday night, wreckage has been cleared and lanes have been reopened on Interstate 20.

It happened around 11:30 last night in the eastbound lanes of I-20 near Lavender Road. Just a few miles east of Lindale. Traffic reopened around 3:30 this afternoon.

But pretty much all day, eastbound traffic on I-20 was detoured down 69, to North Loop 323 and back up 271.

DPS preliminary reports tell us the driver of an 18 wheeler dozed off, and hit a guardrail, rolled over and caught fire.

Traffic began to slow which caused another accident further back, another semi hit a car, making a bad situation even worse.

The driver of that 18 wheeler was injured and taken to a hospital.  The two people, 49 year old Edward Fielder of Maydale and 39 year old Edward Koponen of Longview were inside that car that was hit and were killed.

Layron Livingston, reporting. llivingston@kltv.com

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