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Dallas police: Crash that killed FedEx trucker caused by car driver who fell asleep


A truck driver lost his life this weekend in a multi-vehicle crash that caused his rig to plummet off of I-45 in Dallas, Texas.

The crash happened around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 31, at the Overton Road exit.

The incident began in the southbound lanes of I-45 when a Honda Accord driver crashed into another car, according to a report from WFAA. The Honda driver was able to bring the car to a stop in the center lane and to exit the vehicle after the crash.

Thirty year old truck driver Quantico Smith was hauling a double trailer southbound on I-45 shortly after the initial crash. Smith struck the Honda and then lost control, crashing though a highway barrier and then down onto the roadway below, where the truck “exploded into flames”, according to Dallas Police.

Smith did not survive the crash.

One passenger in the Honda suffered minor injuries in the crash. No one else was injured.

Police administered a sobriety test to the Honda driver and found that the person was not intoxicated. However, authorities say that the Honda driver fell asleep behind the wheel, causing the initial crash.

There is no word yet on whether the Honda driver will face charges.


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