A Fort Worth man died Tuesday morning after he crashed on I-35 in Central Texas, apparently driving while distracted.
The tractor-trailer crashed just south of San Marcos about 1 a.m. Tuesday. Texas Department of Public Safety investigators believe Samuel Bears, 58, became distracted while holding a cigarette and a lighter, said Sgt. Robbie Barrera.
Bears apparently tried to avoid hitting the vehicle in front of him, Barrera said, and slammed into a concrete median barrier before over-correcting, causing the truck to roll over, according to the preliminary investigation. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The crash was still under investigation Wednesday, Barrera said.