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PALMER – A collision between two 18-wheelers on Interstate 45 around 3:59 a.m. Monday left one driver dead.

The accident occured at mile marker  260 near Palmer.

Each driver was operating a Freightliner tractor-trailer at the time of the accident.

The driver of the northbound rig, Oguejiofor Nwabulke, swerved causing his tractor-trailer to go through the median into the southbound lanes and collided with a southbound tractor-trailer.

The accident resulted in the fatality of 46-year-old Mark Anthony Lewis, the driver of the southbound rig.

"Witnesses say it looked like the vehicle traveling northbound swerved to miss something and hit Mr. Lewis’ 18-wheeler, however, it is still under investigation," said John Zaidle, chief of police.

It was reported Lewis was killed instantly from multiple blunt force injuries and was pronounced dead at 4:58 a.m.

"I do not know if any charges are to be filed," said Zaidle.

Nwabulke was taken to Ennis Regional Medical center where he was later transported to a Dallas hospital.

"The other driver [Nwabulke] was treated of lacerations to his arm and released from the hospital," said Zaidle.

The Ellis County Press

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