- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MARSHALL, Texas (AP) - Authorities in northeast Texas are working to identify the owner of about $1 million in cash that was discovered stashed in a semitrailer after the truck’s driver was killed.

Harrison County Sheriff Tom McCool tells the Longview News-Journal (https://bit.ly/1sa50Ub ) the 36-year-old driver from North Carolina was fatally struck by a pickup truck after the semitrailer hauling furniture caught fire on Dec. 2 and he watched it burn on Interstate 20. A semitrailer passenger tells deputies he doesn’t know who the money belongs to.

Deputies say the money was wrapped in plastic and aluminum foil. They believe it’s associated with organized crime.

McCool says the cash will be divided up between his office and the district attorney.

He says a mechanical problem started the fire. Authorities say they won’t charge the pickup truck driver.

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Information from: Longview News-Journal, https://www.news-journal.com

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