Truck driver identified in fatal Grand Prairie crash

Posted Monday, Aug. 05, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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The driver of a big rig who was killed Saturday when his 18-wheeler slammed through a guardrail of an overpass and landed on President George Bush Turnpike has been identified.

The trucker was James Anthony Long, 59, of Clarksville, Tenn., said Detective Lyle Gensler, a Grand Prairie police spokesman.

The truck was westbound Interstate 30 at the Texas 161 interchange when it veered off the right shoulder and hit a guardrail, according to police reports.

The rig continued between the guardrail and a retaining wall, then fell into the President George Bush Turnpike as it crosses underneath I-30. It burst into flames, police said.

The truck stopped across north- and southbound lanes of the turnpike, closing it in both directions for hours.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684 Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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Semi-trailer plunges off Interstate 30 onto George Bush Turnpike
Interstate 30 and George Bush Turnpike, Grand Prairie, TX
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