Lanes on Loop 1604 closed on Far West Side after fiery 18-wheeler crash

Driver airlifted to hospital; SB lanes closed near Shaenfield Road

SAN ANTONIO – A portion of Loop 1604 on the Far West Side remains closed Thursday morning after a driver crashed and rolled over his gravel truck overnight.

San Antonio police say the driver wrecked his truck along the southbound lanes of Loop 1604 near Shaenfield Road around 1 a.m. Thursday, and the truck then caught fire.

The driver, 28, told police that someone in an unknown vehicle cut him off, causing him to lose control and hit a concrete median. The gravel truck became fully engulfed in flames as it rolled over, police said.

The driver was able to escape the burning truck and made his way to the access road with the help of a Good Samaritan. The driver suffered third-degree burns to his entire body was transported to University Hospital via AirLife.

Police said his injuries are life-threatening.

The southbound lanes of Loop 1604 between Shaenfield Road and New Guilbeau Road are closed due to the crash, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

The gravel truck was moved upright before 6 a.m., but police say the lanes will stay closed for the next several hours.

Traffic is being forced off the highway at Braun Road. TxDOT is asking drivers to use an alternate route.

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A driver crashed his 18-wheeler on Loop 1604 near Shaenfield Road on Thursday, July 23, 2020. (KSAT)

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