Fiery crash

Area first responders continue to put out the fire that destroyed an 18-wheeler after it wreck on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021 at Interstate 10 and FM 725.

One person is dead and another critically injured after an 18-wheeler drove off a bridge and burst into flames Thursday morning.

The wreck was reported about 7 a.m. at Interstate 10 and FM 725.

The truck was traveling eastbound near the 604 exit when a blowout caused the driver to veer off the road and into the center median, Seguin Police Community Engagement Officer Sarah Chilutti Wallace said.

It appears the semi crashed through the guardrail and went down the embankment onto FM 725, then back up the other side where it came to a stop. The truck and trailer soon became engulfed in flames, Wallace said.

The driver was able to get out of the truck and was airlifted to a San Antonio area hospital in critical condition, Wallace said. The passenger was found dead in the cab. Police have not identified the driver or passenger.

Seguin police are investigating the wreck.

This is the second fiery, fatal collision involving 18-wheelers in two weeks.

On Thursday, Aug. 26, a mutlivehicle crash spurred by another vehicle losing its cargo on the interstate claimed the lives of three men — two from San Antonio, one from Marion — and injuring several others including a Seguin police officer.

That wreck happened about 3 p.m. Thursday on I-10 at State Highway 123 Bypass when the driver of an 18-wheeler lost control after driving on the cargo and crashed into the concrete barrier for the State Highway 123 Bypass overpass, police said. The cab of the truck hurled over the side of the bridge, but was still connected to the trailer, keeping it from landing on the road below.

That wreck caused a chain reaction which involved three other vehicles.

Felicia Frazar is the managing editor of the Seguin Gazette. You can reach her at felicia.frazar@seguingazette.com .

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