A semi-tanker truck overturned and burned Saturday afternoon in Beaumont, TX, killing the driver.
At 4:50 p.m., Beaumont Police responded to a major vehicle accident in the 900 block of IH-10 East.
The preliminary investigation has revealed that the truck tractor trailer was hauling hazardous chemicals when it lost control, causing the commercial vehicle to overturn and ignite into flames. An off-duty Beaumont police officer attempting to rescue the victim suffered injuries.
The driver was identified as Jose Flores, age 57 from Alvin, Texas. Both east and westbound lanes of traffic had to be rerouted for approximately 12 hours while Hazmat crews cleaned up the area.