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Lubbock trucker dies in rollover

A Lubbock man died early Sunday morning after his 18-wheeler carrying diesel fuel overturned near Anton.

The driver, 43-year-old James Matthew (Matt) Barker, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Barker, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The state Department of Transportation closed the road until 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

The accident occured at about 4:20 a.m., a mile east of Anton on U.S. Highway 84.

Barker was traveling west when his truck veered into the median. He over corrected to  the right and crossed the pavement into a bar ditch on the north side of the highway. He apparently over corrected to the left, causing the tractor and the trailer to overturn, a report said.

The truck, which was carrying 6,000 gallons of diesel, leaked an estimated 150 gallons on the ground.

A hazmat team responded to the scene and cleaned up the fuel.

Barker was hauling the fuel for Rip Griffin’s Fuel Service.

The traffic fatality was the second one in less than a week on U.S. 84 in Hockley County.

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