The driver of a truck hauling manure died after a rollover crash pinned him inside and caused the truck to catch fire in rural McLennan County, Texas Department of Public Safety officials said.

Emergency responders were called to the 3200 block of Box Ranch Road, between Lorena and Moody, at about 11:30 a.m. The driver of the truck likely traveled around a curve too fast and rolled the truck, officials said. DPS troopers said preliminary investigation revealed the driver was likely not wearing a seat belt and was thrown in the cab, breaking the passenger side window and becoming pinning under the truck.

Bruceville-Eddy Police Chief Bill McLean said he was the first emergency responder on scene and found the truck fully engulfed in fire.

"At the time, the flames were so big and the smoke was so thick I was just able to work my way around to the front," McLean said. "You couldn't see inside because of how big the fire was."

Black smoke was visible from several miles away as other first responders arrived. Officials with the Lorena Volunteer Fire Department worked to extinguish the fire.

Officers with Lorena Police Department, Moody Police Department and DPS troopers arrived to assist before authorities determined the driver was dead.

Precinct 1 Place 1 Justice of the Peace Dianne Hensley pronounced the man dead. Officials believe the driver is from McLennan County, but no positive identification had been made late Thursday afternoon.

Troopers said the crash remains under investigation.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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