Highway 87 reopens after deadly morning crash - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Highway 87 reopens after deadly morning crash

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The Department of Public Safety is continuing its investigation of an accident that left three dead and one injured on Monday.

Officials say a van collided with a semi truck loaded with Ethanol around 3:30 a.m. near the intersection of Highway 87 and Farm to Market Road 41, killing all three occupants of the van and injuring the driver of the truck.

Both the truck and the van caught fire after the wreck.

The truck driver, 40-year-old Benjamin Lee O'Canas of Sundown, spoke with us on Tuesday.

O'Canas said the van hit his semi where the truck connects to the trailer and that fire sparked immediately.

He couldn't get out the driver's side door and had to kick open the passenger side and drag himself to safety.

O'Canas was released from the hospital on Tuesday.

Officials say the medical examiner is working with the family to positively identify the occupants of the van.

They say the victims were affected by the fire and one was ejected from the vehicle.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story said the semi collided with the van. This is not correct. KCBD regrets the error.

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