Driver killed after SUV crashes with back of Amazon truck in Austin

AUSTIN, TX – A driver died after crashing into the back of an Amazon Prime truck in a fiery collision in Austin early yesterday morning, according to KXAN.

The crash occurred on the westbound Ben White Boulevard (SH-71), near Montopolis Drive, at about 2 a.m., when the driver of an SUV crashed into the back of an Amazon Prime truck at a high rate of speed.

The SUV then immediately burst into flames, and was described by a witness as a “big fireball…[that] hit the 18-wheeler,” which also caught fire as a result of the crash.

The SUV driver died of injuries sustained during the crash. The truck driver was not reported as injured.

The identities of the victims were not immediately released.

Despite the presence of a rear underride bar equipped to the back of the truck, the SUV still went beneath the trailer. Photos from the scene show the SUV missing much of its front and top body, and the truck with damage to the back third of the trailer section.

The westbound lanes of the highway were closed and traffic was impacted for multiple hours following the crash.

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