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Posted On April 11, 2011 In Personal Injury

A commercial 18 wheeler accident in Texas killed driver Alejandro Raya on March 28 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, according to The Columbian. Raya was driving on Interstate 30 when a truck traveling in the wrong direction on westbound I-30 near Bech St. struck his vehicle. Raya leaves behind a wife and three children.

Authorities arrested the other truck’s driver, Louis Nieves, 23, and charged him with intoxication manslaughter for his involvement in the commercial truck accident. A fire ensued after the collision, and Raya was unable to escape the cab before the tanker exploded with him still inside.

Police had received several phone calls from frantic drivers shortly before the 18-wheeler accident occurred around 2:30 am. Haz-Mat teams responded to contain the fuel that spilled out, and the Texas Department of Transportation closed I-30 for most of the day. The road will require extensive repairs.

Nieves claims he does not recall the accident itself.

“Well, I’m really sorry,” Nieves told reporters in Dallas. “I know I committed an accident, a real bad accident…I feel sorry for that person that lost that person.”

Nieves told the Dallas Morning News that he was sorry and it was “a bad decision that I made.”

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