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NEWCASTLE, Okla. -- The Oklahoma Highway Patrol closed westbound lanes of I-44 after a fatal wreck involving a car and a semi tractor trailer.

According to the OHP a vehicle was backing-up on the interstate about 3:30 a.m. Monday when a semi traveling westbound crashed into the car.

The driver of the car died at the scene, I-44 at marker 107, near the Newcastle exit.

Traffic was diverted off the interstate onto the service road for several hours while authorities investigated and cleaned-up the wreckage.

The back end of the car was destroyed by the impact.

The westbound lanes of I-44 were re-opened about 7 a.m.

Authorities have not released the identity of the driver who died.