Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


March 16, 2013

Four dead in three-vehicle collision off Highway 79

The accident took place Saturday between Jacksonville and New Summerfield

NEW SUMMERFIELD —    Four people died and a large portion of Highway 79 closed for hours Saturday following a three-vehicle accident near County Road 1409, according to tentative reports confirmed by an area official.

As of 2:30 p.m. Saturday, at least one official with the Texas Department of Public Safety remained at that scene at which the accident involving a semi-truck and two vehicles occurred.

The accident took place off 79 near CR 1409 about 8 a.m. Saturday, reports show.

Apparently, one of the vehicles was traveling on the wrong side of the road when it struck the other vehicle, according to reports.

Both vehicles were then struck by the semi, initial reports show.

The four who died were in the first vehicle, which was on the wrong side of the road at the time.

The road's northbound lanes, which head from west to east between Jacksonville and New Summerfield are expected to be closed for the duration of daylight hours, the official said.



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