- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

ZAVALLA, Texas (AP) - A fiery East Texas traffic accident involving a tanker rig hauling crude oil and a smaller truck has left both drivers dead.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says the accident happened shortly before dawn Friday on U.S. 69 just south of Zavalla (zuh-VAL’-uh).

DPS Trooper David Hendry says preliminary information indicates the tanker truck was southbound when the northbound pickup truck crossed over and hit the bigger rig head-on.

The accident led to a huge fire that burned both vehicles and shut down U.S. 69. Hendry says the fire was put out by late Friday morning. Fraffic was being rerouted as crews worked to clear the wreckage from the site, about 125 miles northeast of Houston.

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