Fire truck flips, killing West Texas fire chief

Authorities say that a total of eight people were taken to the hospital after a van crashed on Highway 90. (MGN Image)

FORT HANCOCK, Texas (AP) — Authorities say the fire chief of a small West Texas town was killed when the fire truck he was driving flipped, ejecting him from the driver's seat.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says Fort Hancock Fire Chief Manuel Galindo Jr. died about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday when the truck slipped off the pavement on State Route 20 in the town 50 miles southeast of El Paso.

DPS says it's unknown what caused the 71-year-old chief to lose control of the truck.

DPS says Galindo wasn't using a seatbelt when the truck flipped over.