Central Texas woman dies in head-on collision with 18-wheeler

The pickup and 18-wheeler collided head-on Sunday night.
The pickup and 18-wheeler collided head-on Sunday night.(Morgan's Point Resort Fire Dept. photo)
Published: Apr. 6, 2021 at 1:02 AM CDT
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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) - The Texas Department of Public Safety late Monday night identified Dena Self Montgomery, 59, of Temple, as the driver who died in a head-on with collision on Easter Sunday with an 18-wheeler on State Highway 36.

Investigators said Montgomery was driving a 2007 Dodge Ram pickup and traveling south on State Highway 36 near Burgundy Lane shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday.

At that time, a 2009 Peterbilt 18-wheeler operated by a 56-year-old Houston man was travelling north on SH 36 approaching the Dodge Ram.

DPS said Montgomery’s Dodge “left the southbound lane of travel and crossed the double yellow lines.”

Montgomery, DPS said, then “drove on the wrong side of the road and collided with the Peterbilt.”

Montgomery was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Cliff Coleman.

The driver of the Peterbilt was not injured.

This deadly wreck remains under investigation.

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