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GRAND PRAIRIE A fiery and fatal accident involving an 18-wheeler and one other vehicle slowed traffic on Interstate 30 Saturday night.

The accident happened in the eastbound lanes of the freeway linking Dallas and Fort Worth just after 9 o'clock.

Witnesses told police a car was speeding and swerving when it hit a rock hauler that was parked on the shoulder between Belt Line Road and MacArthur Boulevard.

'The semi driver had just pulled over lawfully and was sitting inside the cab,' said Grand Prairie police spokesman Lyle Genslar. 'He indicated he just felt a little bump... but again, he had 80,000 pounds of rock on there.'

The car exploded in flames; its driver was killed instantly.

'I grabbed another fire extinguisher, tried to put it out a little bit more and went back to get him out,' said witness Cody Keisler. 'But by the time I got there the second time, flames started coming up his leg... there's nothing else we can do.'

'How fast the vehicle was going hasn't been estimated yet, but the witnesses indicated that vehicle was speeding, weaving in-and-out of traffic,' Genslar said.

The driver of the truck was not injured.

Eastbound traffic was backed up for miles during the cleanup and investigation.

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