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Clarksville Man Killed In Weekend Crash Near Dallas

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GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (AP/NewsChannel 5) - Authorities have identified a truck driver killed when his semitrailer rig veered off an interchange overpass, crashed and burned on the road below near Dallas.

A police statement identified the dead trucker as 59-year-old James Anthony Long of Clarksville, Tennessee.

His truck crashed Saturday at the Interstate 30 interchange with the President George Bush Turnpike in Grand Prairie.

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On Tuesday, Long's son, Shawn Long, said his father suffered from heart issues as well as type 2 diabetes, which could have contributed to the crash.

Shawn Long also said he and his father had a falling out this spring, but reconnected on Father's Day. Those are weeks he's proud he got to share with his father.

"I'm glad I did that," Shawn Long told NewsChannel 5. "If you've got a family member or a friend or anybody that you've been in a fight with or an argument with reconcile it because you just never know. You never know when your time is going to come."

Police said the rig was westbound on I-30 when it veered off the right shoulder and slammed through a guardrail and retaining wall. The rig fell onto the turnpike below and burst into flames.

Police officers working a lane closure nearby were quickly on scene. Police said the officers and stopping motorists tried to rescue the driver from the truck cab. They were forced back as flames consumed the cab.

Shawn Long said the family appreciates everyone who tried to save his father's life. He said they are now making arrangements to have him cremated, brought back to Tennessee and eventually spread his ashes in North Carolina's Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press/NewsChannel 5)

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