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Fiery wreck kills man in west Fort Worth

Forensic experts are trying to determine the identity of a man who died early Tuesday when the pickup truck he was driving wrecked and burst into flames on Interstate 30 in west Fort Worth, police said.

Officers did not release the man's name because he was severely burned and he was not positively identified Tuesday morning.

"The driver is believed to be a white male, (and a) 37-year-old Burleson resident," said Lt. Paul Henderson, police spokesman.

The Tarrant County medical examiner's office will next try to confirm the man's identity using dental records, said Sgt. Rodney Bangs, supervisor of the Traffic Investigation Unit.

"We have a tentative identification from the driver's license found on the person," Bangs said. "We just have to go through the standard procedures to verify his identification before we can release it."

The wreck was reported 2:16 a.m. in the 2400 block of the interstate, police said.

Investigators reported that the four-door Chevrolet truck was eastbound on I-30 and it may have just entered on the entrance ramp from University Drive, said Lt. Paul Henderson, police spokesman.

"For unknown reasons the truck lost control and struck the center concrete barrier knocking over a retaining fence and a light post," Henderson said. "The truck burst into flames."

Identifying features on the truck were damaged, Bangs said.

"The (vehicle identification number) and everything were really obscure because this vehicle was burned extensively," Bangs said. "We don't even know what color it was."

The driver was the only person in the truck, and no other vehicles appeared to be involved in the wreck, Henderson said. There was no evidence of alcohol contributing to the wreck, Henderson said.

Investigators want to talk to anyone who witnessed the accident, Henderson said. They can be reached at 817-871-7148.

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