Truck driver dies in Kaufman County

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(NBC NEWS) — A truck driver was killed Monday in one of two unrelated fiery tractor-trailer crashes in Kaufman County.

In a crash along U.S. Highway 80 service road near Forney, a tractor-trailer ran off the road and crashed into a creek at 11:51 a.m. near Pinson Road where it caught fire.

The driver was carrying a load of paper, much of which spilled into the surrounding area.

The driver, whose identity has not yet been confirmed, was killed in the crash. The cause of the crash remains under investigation and the service road is closed to traffic.

Another crash, this one at Interstate 20 and Farm-to-Market Road 429, involved a tractor-trailer carrying flammable liquids.

The trailer caught fire and was allowed to burn out. Hazmat and several volunteer fire departments were at the scene to keep the fire from spreading beyond the trailer.

While the cause of the fire has not been confirmed, overheated brakes may have started the fire.

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