Police on Wednesday had not positively identified the man killed Tuesday when the truck he was driving plummeted off the Galveston seawall and burst into flames.

Investigators were awaiting fingerprint confirmation from the Department of Public Safety before they could release the man's identity, said John “D.J.” Florence of the Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Officer.

The crash happened at 3:55 p.m. near the 9500 block of Seawall Boulevard.

Witnesses told police a Chevrolet Colorado was heading east on Seawall Boulevard when it swerved left to pass another car in the same lane and went out of control, police spokesman Capt. Joshua Schirard said.

The truck flew off the road and crashed onto the rocks several feet below, officials said.

The truck was on fire when emergency responders arrived. The fire department was not able to remove the driver, who was identified as a 47-year-old Galveston resident, police said.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230; matt.degrood@galvnews.com

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