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TYLER COUNTY, Texas The driver of a tanker truck died early Friday morning whenhis truck overturned and exploded on Highway 69 in Hillister, the sheriff s office said.

The Tyler County Sheriff s Office said the truck was carrying gasoline, which ignited when the truck flipped onto its sidenear FM-1013.

Sheriff David Hennigan said the crash happened around 5:30 a.m. More than two hours later, firefighters were still working to put out the flames.

A nearby home also caught fire, reported KFDM News. Firefighters were able to get a couple out of the home safely.

Authorities later identified the killed truck driver as Jasper residentBertis Wood, 58.

Area roads have since reopened.

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