Police identify driver killed in 18-wheeler crash in Smithville

The driver who was killed in an 18-wheeler crash in Smithville Thursday afternoon has been identified. 

The driver of an 18-wheeler, identified as John Sherman Spradlin, 43, of Austin, was killed when his truck collided with another 18-wheeler and burst into flames. The other 18-wheeler rolled over but that driver was not seriously injured. 

Officials are still investigating the crash. 

Eastbound lanes of SH 71 at NE Eighth Street were temporarily closed.

 

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