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DEER PARK, Texas – An early morning crash on a Texas highway left one man dead after he slammed into the back of an 18-wheeler and was impaled by rebar being hauled in the truck, deputies confirmed.

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According to Harris County sheriff’s deputies, the driver of the tractor-trailer had parked well off Texas State Highway 225 with his hazard lights flashing at around 1:20 a.m. Tuesday to sleep and was awakened at around 3:30 a.m. when he felt something hit his trailer, KTRK reported.

The trucker, identified by Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzales as Cody Field, got out of the 2003 Peterbilt 379 with a flatbed trailer attached to it and discovered a four-door black Infinity had run into the back of the trailer, KPRC-TV reported.

“[The Infinity driver] struck the back, partially back of the truck, but mainly the rebar, and basically the rebar went through the windshield and actually impaled the driver, causing him life-threatening injuries,” Sgt. Dashana Cheek, with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, told KTRK.

Cheek also confirmed to the TV station that the impaled driver showed “no signs of life” when deputies arrived.

Rebar is a steel bar used as a tension device in reinforced concrete, KTRK reported.

The victim has been identified as Jesus Duran, KPRC-TV reported.

Investigators initially identified Duran as a Hispanic man in his 30s or 40s wearing a work shirt, most likely en route to or from work when the crash occurred, KTRK reported.

“There are no pre-impact skid marks, anything like that, to indicate he maybe lost control or looked up at the last minute or tried to stop… He just appeared to have failed to drive in a single lane,” Cheek told the TV station.

No other injuries related to the crash were reported.