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Bowie County truck collision kills one

One man was killed and a second sustained bodily injuries after a fiery collision of a pickup truck and a tanker truck in a construction zone on Highway 59 South in Bowie County, Texas at around 10 p.m. this past Sunday, November 1.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety officials, a pickup truck driven by Texarkana resident Billy Ray Howard pulled out from County Road 1379 into the path of the tanker truck operated by 52-year-old Robert Clemenson, who was driving along a stretch of Highway 59 that is currently under construction.

The impact caused the tanker truck, which was carrying copious amounts of fuel at the time, to roll over and burst into flames, instantly killing Clemenson.

Liberty Eylau Assistant Fire Chief Guy Lamon said “excavation will need to be done…everything will have to be dug out to remove all the fuel” which spilled into the wooded area near the highway during the collision.