Cause of Deadly Stanton Wreck Unknown, Victim 'Too Badly Burned' to ID

Cause of Deadly Stanton Wreck Unknown, Victim 'Too Badly Burned' to ID

By: Julia Deng
NewsWest 9

STANTON - A fiery Interstate wreck Thursday afternoon left one driver dead and another with unknown injuries, according to Texas Department of Public Safety officials.

The head-on collision near mile marker 156 on I-20 involved an 18-wheeler semi-tractor trailer and a pickup truck traveling in opposite directions, said DPS Trooper Elena Viramontes.

"For unknown reasons, the pickup veered off the roadway, driving across the [center] median [and] striking the semi driver head-on," she told NewsWest 9.

The crash occurred shortly before 4 p.m. According to Stanton Police, it took more than an hour to completely extinguish flames.

Interstate drivers said "thick black smoke" could be seen from miles away.

Officials could not confirm if either driver had been speeding, distracted or intoxicated.

"Right now, we're still trying to investigate and figure out what happened," said Viramontes. "[There are] no charges at this time."

Investigators at the scene initially believed the driver of the 18-wheeler had been killed. DPS officials later confirmed the driver of the pickup truck was the one who died at the scene. His body was "too badly burned" to be identified, Viramontes told NewsWest 9.

The surviving driver was taken to Martin County Hospital for treatment. As of Thursday night, his identity and condition are unknown.