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Man dies in fiery Irving highway crash

IRVING -- A man died in a fiery wreck Monday morning on Loop 12 despite efforts by motorists to pull him out of his burning vehicle, police said.

The victim, who was no identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities said Monday that it could be several days before the victim could be positively identified.

The accident was reported shortly before 6:30 a.m. Monday on the southbound lanes of Loop 12 between Shady Grove Road and Singleton Boulevard.

Witnesses told police that the man was driving a Buick in-and-out of traffic without any lights on when he changed lanes in front of an 18-wheeler.

"There was traffic in front of him and he hit his brakes," Irving police spokesman David Tull said Monday morning. "The 18-wheeler did not have a chance to brake and hit the car."

On impact, the car was knocked 200 to 300 feet down the highway and burst into flames, police said. The truck driver was not injured.

The 42-year-old truck driver and other motorists tried to get the victim out, but they couldn’t because of the flames, police said.

Some southbound lanes of Loop 12 were closed for about three hours Monday morning as authorities investigate the accident, Tull said.