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Trucker killed in early-morning Grand Prairie wreck

The driver of an 18-wheeler was killed early Saturday in a wreck at North Carrier Parkway and Tiago Drive in north Grand Prairie, police said in a statement.

Brandon Ray Tillmon, 27, of Grand Prairie was driving his tractor-trailer southbound on Carrier Parkway about 3 a.m., veered off the roadway and crashed into a large oak tree in the front yard of a house on the corner. The truck burst into flames with Tillmon trapped inside, police said in the statement.

Firefighters arrived and extinguished the fire, but not before Tillmon died.

The truck belongs to North Texas Healthcare Laundry, located in Grand Prairie, and was transporting hospital linens.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.