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One Dead, One Injured In Head-On Crash On Central Texas Highway

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email

PRAIRIE HILL (November 28, 2012)--A Riesel man was killed and a Mexia man was injured Tuesday night in a head-on crash just west of Prairie Hill on U.S. Highway 84.

A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper who investigated the accident said Barton Smith, 42, died just after 6:10 p.m. Tuesday after the 2000 Oldsmobile Alero he was driving collided with a 2007 Chevrolet Sliverado pickup truck.

Cesar Riojas, 37, of Mexia, was taken to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, in Waco where Wednesday he was listed in stable condition.

Trooper James Willis said Smith was westbound in the eastbound lane of U.S. 84 near Prairie Hill when his car and the eastbound pick up truck collided.

Willis did not mention any other victims.

Smith's body was taken to Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home, in Mexia, where arrangements were pending Wednesday.


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