Atascocita firefighter dead after vehicle crashes into 18-wheeler carrying canisters of apple juice in Liberty County

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Saturday, August 10, 2019
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Firefighter killed in hazmat crash in Liberty County

LIBERTY COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) -- An Atascocita firefighter was killed in a crash involving highly-concentrated, sub-zero canisters of apple juice.

On Friday night, Lieutenant Jared Snell, 35, was headed eastbound on Highway 105 when he collided with a refrigerated 18-wheeler.

Snell, who was a member of the Atascocita Fire Department since April 2017, was pronounced dead on the scene.

"Our hearts are broken, and our thoughts and prayers are with Jared Snell's family. Details regarding funeral arrangements for Jared will be provided as they become available," Atascocita Fire Department said in a Facebook post.

Officials told ABC13 that the driver of the 18-wheeler jumped out of the big rig before it went up into flames. He is expected to be okay.

Snell leaves behind a wife and four children. He graduated from the Cleveland Fire Academy in Cleveland, Texas in 2005.