Police ID man killed in fiery Hwy 277 crash south of Abilene

One dead, one hospitalized in Highway 277 accident

ABILENE, Texas - Investigators have identified the man killed in the fiery crash Wednesday night on Highway 277 about nine miles south of Abilene.

According to the Department of Public Safety, Timothy Allen Shepard, 28, of Bangs was pronounced dead on the scene and was taken to the Abilene Professional Services Funeral Home.

Another man involved in the crash – Justin Lee Lett, 26, of Abilene – has been treated and released from Hendrick Medical Center.

According to a DPS news release from DPS, the accident occurred just before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday as Lett was traveling north on Highway 277 while Shepard was traveling south. Lett crossed into oncoming traffic and steered left to avoid Shepard. Lett's car crashed into Shepard pushing Shepard's car into a ditch and trapping it under Lett's car. Both vehicles caught fire and burned. The crash is still under investigation.

According to TxDOT, the accident had been cleared by 10:15 a.m. Thursday – and the highway is now open again for traffic.

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A stretch of Highway 277 is still closed after a fiery crash Wednesday evening that resulted in at least one death.

According to a traffic advisory released by TxDOT, traffic is being rerouted through Buffalo Gap to get into Abilene. They added it won't be until later Thursday afternoon until the area is cleared and roads are reopened.

Sheriff deputies were on the scene at 4 a.m Thursday removing debris. They tell us they expect the road to remain closed until later Thursday morning.

Authorities say there is at least one confirmed fatality from a Wednesday evening accident on Highway 277 south of Abilene. One person also was taken to an Abilene hospital.

The accident happened about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday about four miles south of View.  Police say an 18-wheeler and a car collided head-on.

A fire that engulfed the two vehicles had rescue workers searching for bodies.

The accident sparked a brush fire that firefighters from Buffalo Gap, ECCA and View fought.

Authorities said more details will be made available Thursday morning.

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