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Crash on Central Texas highway leaves one man dead

DPS troopers were at the scene of a fatal crash Thursday evening on State Highway 7.
DPS troopers were at the scene of a fatal crash Thursday evening on State Highway 7.(Courtesy photo)
Published: Feb. 11, 2021 at 5:53 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 12, 2021 at 10:45 AM CST
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FALLS COUNTY, Texas (KWTX) – Department of Public Safety troopers were at the scene of a fatal crash Thursday evening in Falls County.

The accident happened on the Big Creek bridge on State Highway 7 near CR 181 east of Marlin.

According to Sgt. Ryan Howard with DPS, a Cadillac CTS traveling westbound slid onto eastbound lane, and crashed into a Western Star truck tractor semi-trailer traveling eastbound, causing the truck tractor semi-trailer to enter the westbound lane and crash into a Dodge 3500.

Sanderson Farms 18-wheeler involved in the accident
Sanderson Farms 18-wheeler involved in the accident(Rissa Shaw)

The driver of the Dodge, Donald Beaman, 63, of Thornton, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Both occupants of the Cadillac were transported to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco in critical condition.

Bridges and overpasses throughout Central Texas were icy or icing Thursday.

Dozens of accidents have been reported, most of them minor.

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