WHARTON COUNTY, Texas – A truck driver is dead after an explosion following a vehicle crash that involved an 18-wheeler and a tandem trailer in Wharton County, authorities said.
The explosion happened near the Colorado River Bridge shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday morning.
Wharton County authorities said in a Facebook post that an 18-wheeler truck and a tandem trailer truck collided. An explosion caused both trucks to be fully engulfed in flames.
The driver of the 18-wheeler died in the fire, while the driver of the tandem trailer was not hurt, according to authorities.
U.S. 59 southbound between FM 102 and FM 961 remains closed as crews clear the scene. No word on when lanes will reopen.
Drivers are encouraged to find an alternate route.