Fiery crash on I-45 in Leon County kills truck driver

LEON COUNTY, Tex. (KBTX)- State troopers have identified the truck driver who died in a fiery crash early Thursday morning on I-45 south of Centerville in Leon County near Fort Boggy State Park.

Troopers say Ivan Lara, 32, of Arlington was southbound on the highway around 4:20 a.m. when his big rig slammed into the back of another 18-wheeler that was attempting to merge onto the highway near a rest area.

Lara was in his truck when it burst into flames. He died on the scene of the accident, said troopers.

The driver of the other truck has been identified Demetrius Kennedy, 45, of Fort Worth. He was not injured.

Troopers say Kennedy tried to use a fire extinguisher to save Lara, but was unsuccessful.

Right now investigators are still investigation the crash. No other vehicles were involved, but the highway was shut down for a couple of hours as crews cleared the scene.