3 killed in head-on crash on I-30 in Rockwall County

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Three people were killed Wednesday morning when two 18-wheelers collided and also hit a third vehicle on I-30 in Rockwall County.

The crash happened about 5 a.m. on Interstate 30 eastbound near the Royse City and Fate areas and shutdown all eastbound traffic for most of the day.

An 18-wheeler traveling westbound when it veered left and hit another car and went across the median into oncoming traffic. It collided with another 18-wheeler traveling eastbound head-on.

The two 18-wheeler drivers have been identified as 38-year-old Guadalupe Garza Jr. of Lyford, Texas and 53-year-old Victor Bovkoun of Ontario, Canada. Bovkoun worked for Chantler Transport, which is based in Canada. Garza worked for TCI Trucking.

The third victim and driver of the car was Kevin Battise, 56, of Mesquite.

All eastbound lanes of I-30 between FM 35 and FM 2642 were shut down for more than 12 hours before reopening. A representative for the Rockwall County Sheriff's Office said there were guard cables to separate traffic, but they appeared to be broken from the accident.

The sheriff's office has not officially determined which driver caused the accident.