Icy patch blamed in fatal U.S. 75 semi crash

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SHERMAN, TX -- A truck driver died in a weather-related accident on northbound U.S. Highway 75 in Sherman Thursday morning, leaving the highway and a busy overpass shut down for much of the day.

According to Sherman Police, just before 7 a.m. Thursday 34-year-old Marvin Kingdon was killed after the semi truck he was driving hit a patch of ice, causing him to lose control and leave the roadway. The semi struck the guardrail and ran into the concrete pillar of the Loy Lake Road overpass.

Police say the truck was transporting hazardous materials.The northbound lanes of the highway were shut down for about seven hours near Loy Lake Road while crews cleaned oil and gas that spilled onto the highway.

Police say they shut down the Loy Lake Road bridge due to concerns of structural damage. They say TXDOT inspected the damage to the overpass.

The highway and overpass reopened around 2 p.m.

Initial reports were that the cab of the truck had caught fire, and the driver was carrying hazardous material. It was later learned that the cab did not catch fire. It was the release gas, oil, and coolant that caused it to look like the cab was on fire. The only hazardous material released was the gas, oil, coolant, and other fluids from the cab of the truck.

Police say Kingdon had recently moved to Texas, but was originally from California.