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Truck driver killed in fiery Denton County wreck

A truck driver died late Thursday in the fiery wreck of a tanker truck northwest of Ponder in western Denton County, according to reports.

The driver, Sean Eanes, 36, of Rhome, was identified by Trooper Lonny Haschel, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The accident was reported at about 10 p.m. near the intersection of U.S. 380 and Ripy Road, Haschel said.

Eanes, who was hauling water in the tanker rig, was eastbound on the highway, Haschel said.

But, he said, "for undetermined reasons, he crossed the center line and struck a trailer being pulled by a westbound Chevrolet pickup."

The tanker, Haschel said, slid down an embankment, and struck several trees in a wooded area.

"The cab of the semi caught fire," Haschel said.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, Haschel said. The man driving the Chevrolet pickup was not hurt.

Haschel said that the accident was still being investigated.