Truck driver dies in single-vehicle rollover in Orange Grove

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As of news time Wednesday, Department of Public Safety officials were still on the scene of a fatal accident involving an 18-wheeler just west of Orange Grove on FM 624.

The road was closed to the public as crews worked to clear the scene.

DPS troopers confirmed that the driver of the 18-wheeler died in the accident. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident happened just before 1 p.m. on FM 624 near County Road 314. The driver, who was traveling from Corpus Christi to Laredo, went off the roadway for an unknown reason. The 18-wheeler ended up rolling several times.

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Authorities said the tanker was hauling 8,800 gallons of unleaded fuel. About half of it spilled onto the roadway, prompting a Hazmat crew from Miller Environmental to be called to the scene to assist with the cleanup effort.

Kiii News Reporter Bill Churchwell went Live from the scene with the latest details.