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One person killed in two vehicle crash on Interstate 30 near Cumby

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At least one person was killed early Monday morning in what was reported as a two vehicle crash involving an 18-wheeler on Interstate 30 in Cumby, the third fatal crash in Hopkins County in just under a week.

Hopkins County deputies and Cumby police were first dispatched at 3:31 a.m. after dispatchers began receiving calls from other motorists of a reckless driver on Interstate 30 east in Brashear. The vehicle was reported to be going the wrong way. Before they could reach the vehicle, dispatchers at 1:33 a.m. received a report the vehicle crashed into an 18-wheeler at the 110 mile marker on I-30 east.

Hopkins County sheriff’s deputies, Cumby police and Cumby firefighters, Hopkins County firemen, Hopkins County Emergency Medical Services personnel, and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers were dispatched to the location.

Upon arrival at the 110 exit on I30 east, Cumby police advised the vehicle, reported to be a Jeep or similar model, and a 18-wheeler with box-trailer ended up in the ditch. The fronts of the vehicles had apparently collided. The police officer saw a small flame under one of the hoods and extinguished it using a fire extinguisher, according to reports.

The front end of the small vehicle was crushed, with the engine and front of the car pushed into the front driver’s compartment, trapping the driver. The front of the truck-tractor received some damage, but some fuel was reported to be leaking onto the road from a vehicle, according to reports from the scene.

Officials quickly confirmed the woman in the small vehicle was deceased. The man driving the truck-tractor trailer rig was checked by EMS and taken to the hospital to be checked out, but appeared to have only minor injuries. Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Ronny Glossup was called to pronounce the woman, reportedly 27 and of Dallas, dead at the scene and to fill out the death reports. Texas Department of Transportation was contacted to assist deputies with traffic control.

Hopkins County firefighters reported the woman in the car would need to be extricated from the wreckage and a large wrecker would be needed to try to get the vehicles apart. After the wrecker service arrived, the vehicle were moved to the point that Cumby and Hopkins County firefighters were able to extricate the woman. The body  was released to the on-call funeral home, according to reports from the scene.

Troopers Aaron Hanna, Bill Reese and Ken Adams were in charge of the crash investigation. No further investigation was available midmorning Monday about the crash, as DPS officials had yet to release any information.

The I-30 wreck is the third fatal crash in under a week. A woman was killed Tuesday on State Highway 11 east of Sulphur Springs after pulling out in front of a pickup truck at 7:45 a.m. A man was killed at 9:30 Wednesday morning after he drove east in the westbound lane of SH 11 east of Pickton, striking a pickup truck hauling a trailer with a tractor head on.




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