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Pickup truck driver dies after crash into cement barrier along I-10

UPDATE: Police said a man seriously injured after crashing his pickup truck into a cement barrier early Saturday died later in the morning at a local hospital.

The deceased was identified by authorities as 27-year-old Juan Casas Sandoval of El Paso.

Investigators said they believe Sandoval was drunk at the time, as other drivers said the saw the pickup truck weaving in and out of traffic along Interstate 10 west shortly before the crash just a minute or two after midnight.

"He had just entered Gateway West when the crash took place. It appears that Casas may have attempted to reenter I-10 West and struck the cement barrier separating I-10 West and Gateway West," a police spokesman said on Saturday afternoon.

Sandoval was the 55th El Paso traffic death this year as compared to the same time last year; police say he wasn't wearing a seat-belt.

ORIGINAL REPORT: EL PASO, Texas -- A serious traffic crash resulted in the closure of a busy stretch of Gateway Boulevard West early Saturday morning as investigators scoured the east El Paso crash scene.

The single-vehicle crash happened just after midnight at the Hawkins exit ramp from Interstate 10 westbound near the Fountains of Farah.

Police said a crash victim was rushed to a hospital with very serious injuries.

Gateway West was closed from Viscount to Hawkins until further notice for investigators, but authorities said I-10 westbound remained open.

Current traffic conditions are always available at kvia.com/traffic.

Jim Parker

Jim Parker is the Director of Digital Content for ABC-7.

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