A Florida man was killed Wednesday evening when a 2004 Chevrolet van crashed into the back of an 18-wheeler on Interstate 35 in Hill County, authorities said.

The truck, an empty LP Gas Tanker, was slowing in a construction zone when the collision happened around 7:45 p.m. at the 359 mile marker in Hill County. The incident took nearly four hours to clear, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper D.L. Wilson said.

Paul Menthonnex, 44, has been identified as the driver of the vehicle, Wilson said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Wilson said the truck driver was taken to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center Wednesday night and released with minor injuries.

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