A driver died Friday when his car hydroplaned and crashed into an oncoming tractor-trailer on Highway 6 near Valley Mills, Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Ryan Howard said.

The driver was headed south at about 11:20 a.m. on Highway 6 near Delmar Ranch Road when he lost control of his Volkswagen passenger car following morning rain showers, Howard said. He said the car veered into northbound traffic and struck a Freightliner 18-wheeler.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, Howard said. His name is being withheld pending notification of family.

The driver of the 18-wheeler was taken to Ascension Providence for treatment of possible injuries, Howard said.

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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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