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Daily Sun photo/Ron Farmer

A fiery crash involving a pickup and an 18-wheeler left the pickup driver dead and caused the semi to burn for hours Saturday blocking the southbound lane of Interstate Highway 45 near Alma.

According to Department of Public Safety Sgt. Sara Warren, troopers responded to the crash at about 1:15 a.m.

She said the commercial truck was in the right lane moving off the road for a malfunctioning tire when the pickup drove into the rear of the semi.

The crash caught the pickup and the semi on fire.

The driver of the pickup died at the scene.

The driver of the semi, a 32-year-old from Hialeah, Florida, was not injured.

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