Officials identify man killed in fiery wreck near Sweetwater


SWEETWATER, Texas - The man killed Saturday in a fiery collision with an 18-wheeler near Sweetwater has been identified.

According to a Texas Department of Public Safety report, 41-year-old Eric Wayne Robinson of Roscoe was driving east on Interstate 20 when he went off the road in the middle of a curve, struck a guardrail, and came to a stop on the westbound roadway.

An 18-wheeler was traveling west and struck Robinson's car before stopping and catching fire.

Robinson was killed in the wreck.

The driver of the 18-wheeler, Roman Luis Garcia of Odessa was not reported to be injured.

The crash is still under investigation.

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An overnight crash in Nolan County left one man dead and an 18-wheeler in flames.


The wreck happened early Saturday morning on I-20 about 4 miles west of Sweetwater.

Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden tells KTXS News that a Camaro driving in the fast lane of eastbound I-20 crashed just after midnight.

Madden says that an 18-wheeler traveling on I-20 hit the Camaro after it had crashed and ruptured a diesel tank, causing the truck to catch fire.

The driver of the Camaro was killed in the accident, according to Madden.

The driver of the 18-wheeler did not have any serious injuries.

Eastbound I-20 was closed and traffic was re-routed through Sweetwater while responders cleared debris from the road.

Sweetwater and Roscoe Volunteer Fire Departments both responded to the crash, as well as the Department of Public Safety, the Nolan County Sheriff's Office, Sweetwater Police Department, and TxDOT.