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Driver killed in 18-wheeler fall from overhead road

The life of 44-year-old big rig driver James Marshall Warden was claimed in a deadly 18-wheeler crash where U.S. Route 183 intersects with MoPac in Austin, Texas, KXAN reported on November 11.

The northbound lanes at the intersection reopened at 8:10 a.m. after eight hours of closure in the accident’s wake. According to the Austin Police Department, Warden died instantly after the 18-wheeler he was driving fell from an elevated road above and erupted into flames.

Investigators are still attempting to definitively determine the cause of the accident, and all theories reveal the inherent dangers of 18-wheelers. The truck was hauling furniture; it is a possibility that the furniture shifted and, coupled with stronger winds on the elevated road, the massive vehicle may have been thrown off balance. It is not uncommon for drivers of these top-heavy vehicles to lose control for a variety of factors.

The attorneys of Williams Hart are deeply sorry this incident occurred and extend their sincere condolences to the friends and family grieving over this great loss.