Crash on Central Texas highway leaves man, woman dead

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KOSSE, Texas (KWTX) Department of Public Safety troopers were investigating an early-morning highway crash Wednesday in Falls County that claimed two lives.

The victims were identified Wednesday afternoon as Ami Lee Spafford, 22, of Marquez, and Jerry Don Sims, 28, of Mart.

The accident happened at around 1 a.m. Wednesday on State Highway 7 about four miles west of Kosse in Falls County.

The 2009 Ford F-150 in which Sims and Spafford were riding crossed the centerline on a straight section of the highway and collided with the eastbound 18-wheeler, which was carrying a load of cattle, DPS Sgt. D.L. Wilson said.

Sims, who was the driver, and Spafford, both died at the scene.

The driver of the 18-wheeler and a passenger in the rig were not injured, Wilson said.

The highway was closed for a time but is now open to normal traffic, he said.