DRAMATIC footage shows the moment a semi-truck burst into flames after tumbling off a highway overpass.
Driver Gustavo Gomez, 71, was killed in the horror accident in Allen, Texas on September 20.
Cops revealed that the semi-truck had crashed with another car before falling off the highway, according to WFAA.
Dramatic dashcam footage showed the moment the truck was traveling along the highway before it plunged over the overpass.
The HGV’s fuel tank appeared to burst into flames before the big rig hit the ground.
Plumes of thick gray smoke could be seen billowing into the skyline.
Officers revealed that the truck had been involved in a crash with another car.
Investigators have admitted that the retaining barrier wasn’t designed to contact the impact of the heavy goods vehicle.
A Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson said: “The purpose of a barrier wall is to prevent drop-offs.”
And, research engineer William Williams told WFAA: “It’s not designed and intended to contain and redirect large 18-wheeler vehicles.”
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Gomez was delivering mail for the US Postal Service to Missouri when he was killed.
The driver’s wife Helen Torres described him as a “good” and “witty” man.
She told WFAA that she had tried to call him several times but her attempts went to voicemail.
Torres, who married Gomez in 2001, believed at the time that her husband’s phone had run out of battery.
She has been left devastated by the tragedy, admitting that she feels “lost”.
But, Torres believes that Gomez shouldn’t be blamed for the collision.
She said: “He was always so careful. He always made sure his trucks were good when they were driving or before he drove.”
Torres said that Gomez always realized that he was driving a big vehicle and had to look out for other motorists.
The accident comes just weeks after a cement truck crashed from an overpass and landed on an SUV, killing a 22-month-old twin.
A 36-year-old woman was driving the vehicle in Harris County, Texas, when she lost control.
The truck fell over the bridge and on top of a Ford Expedition that contained a family of four.
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